It’s undeniable that learning to play the piano offers plenty of benefits. And if you want your child’s learning experience to be exciting as well as effective, you have to look for a good piano teacher. Besides, instructors can have different techniques, communication styles and preferred genres – all very personal to the them. So how can you ensure that you’ve chosen the best piano teacher for your child?
1. Know your expectations.
Before you start looking for a piano instructor, first know exactly what you want in one. What do you want your child to attain through these lessons? What qualifications and level of teaching experience are going to help you accomplish such goals? Will there be any additional qualifications that could help you further? What is your budget? How much scheduling flexibility do you need?
2. Ask for recommendations.
You can learn a lot from parents of children who are already taking piano lessons. Talk to friends, relatives, colleagues – anyone who may have an experience to share. Besides that, local music stores and schools can also be willing to give you their expert recommendations. Just remember though that while word-of-mouth can give you some good prospects, children have different ways of learning, so a teacher who’s good for one isn’t automatically good for everyone.
3. Do a bit of homework.
Once you’ve found a good prospect, spend time seeing him at work. Attending a recital of his students is a good idea because then, you see how he interacts with them. A good piano teacher is encouraging to learners. Also pay attention to how the teacher deals with the parents. If its not possible for you to go to a recital, at least speak to some of the instructor’s students or their parents.
4. Interview prospects.
A personal interview with a prospective teacher is necessary, if only to see whether he is a good fit for your child. During this meeting, ask him about his overall teaching philosophy, qualifications, teaching methods and expectations. Your child’s presence during this meeting is crucial as this will be your chance to see if they get along. If they don’t connect in a good way, learning can be an issue. Worse, your child may even lose his drive to learn music.
5. Compare potential teachers.
Finally, don’t feel obliged to commit to a teacher just because you’ve used his time during the interview. In fact, you should interview two or three prospects and compare them before making a choice. Even if your child has started taken lessons from someone, you can still decide to switch to another teacher, provided you do it with proper notice. A professional instructor will understand your desire to give your child what you think is best for him.