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What to look for in a piano teacher…

Parents want the best for their children but trying to find the right piano teacher can be like searching for a needle in a haystack! It can be difficult but it’s a good thing you’re in the right place. There are many factors to consider before enrolling in lessons but these 3 tips will help you find the right music teacher.

1

Personality
Find the right person

Your child will spend one-on-one time with this person for weeks, months and possibly years so make sure you find a teacher you like! Nothing is better than an experienced teacher, but nothing is worse than a teacher who is rigid. Find someone who is encouraging and funny; humor is valuable with kids. A piano teacher may become a role model and someone who is there during their teenage years as a confidant so make sure your child likes the teacher.

2

Experience
Have guaranteed results

Not all music instructors are experienced performers with a music degree but every teacher should at least have some level of experience. Ask about their musical background and keep in mind that a great performer may not have the qualities and social skills that make a great teacher. Someone who is patient, good with kids and can teach clearly will go a long way! A good sign is an organized teacher with a studio policy that includes information about payments, supplies and cancellations.

3

Convenience
Make sure it works for you

How far are you willing to drive for lessons? Factor in rush hour traffic, driving distance and gas. A music school might seem ideal at first glance but I recommend a teacher who comes to your house. Traveling teachers are very convenient since they save much of your time but they are rare to find and usually have a waiting list. Be prepared for a specific schedule as traveling teacher’s factor in driving time, traffic and parking. Expect to pay a premium for this service.

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