There’s no question about the benefits of learning to play the piano. 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. After all, instructors can use varying approaches and communication styles not to mention different genre preferences, all of which are very personal to them. So how can you tell which piano teacher is right for your little one?
1. Know your expectations.
Prior to searching for a piano instructor, first define what it is exactly that 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? What additional qualifications might 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 your friends or relatives or coworkers – anyone who may want to share their experience. Besides that, local music stores and schools can also be willing to give you their expert recommendations. But keep in mind that while word-of-mouth is great for making initial contacts, children learn in different ways, so a good teacher for one isn’t necessarily a good teacher for all.
3. Do your homework.
As soon as you’ve found a promising prospect, take time to see him in action. Go to a recital of his students and observe their interactions. A good piano teacher is encouraging to learners. Pay attention to the teacher’s interactions with the parents too. 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 prospective teachers.
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, learning will be a problem. Worse, your child may give up on music altogether.
5. Compare potential teachers.
Finally, don’t think you under obligation to hire a teacher just because you’ve interviewed him. In fact, it’s wise to interview at least two or three prospects, compare them and then pick the one you feel is best for your child. Even if your child has begun his lessons with a teacher , you can always switch to another as long as you provide proper notice. A professional instructor will understand your desire to give your child what you think is best for him.