Learning to play the piano offers many undeniable benefits. And if you want nothing but an exciting as well as effective learning experience for your child, you have to get him 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 ensure that you’ve chosen the best piano teacher for your child?
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 will help you reach these goals? What additional qualifications may be helpful? What is your budget? How much flexibility do you need in terms of scheduling?
2. Seek personal 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. Aside from that, you can approach local music schools and stores, which are usually willing to provide their expert suggestions. 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 a little homework.
Once you’ve found a good prospect, spend time seeing him at work. Attend his students’ recital and focus on how he interacts with them. 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 prospects.
A personal interview with a prospective teacher is necessary, if only to see whether he is a good fit for your child. At your meeting, inquire about his teaching philosophy, qualifications, teaching style and expectations from students. 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 interest in learning music.
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 be professional enough to understand.