There’s no question about the benefits of learning to play the piano. And if you want your child to have a learning experience that is both fun and exciting, you need to find a good 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 and your child hope to attain by taking lessons? What teacher qualifications and experience will be useful in accomplishing these goals? What additional qualifications may be helpful? How much are you comfortable spending for the lessons? How much flexibility do you need in terms of scheduling?
2. Seek personal recommendations.
The parents of piano students can surely provide a lot of insight. Talk to your friends or relatives or coworkers – anyone who may want to share their experience. On top of that, you can also approach local music stores and schools, which can usually provide expert recommendations. Just remember that while word-of-mouth can provide some quality prospects, kids learn in varied ways, so what works for one child may not necessarily work for another.
3. Do a little homework.
After finding a good prospect, take time out to see him at work. Attend his students’ recital and focus on how he interacts with them. A piano teacher should be a source of encouragement to learners. Pay attention to the teacher’s interactions with the parents too. If attending a recital is not an option, you can at least have a chat with 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. Very importantly, bring your child with you to this meeting so you can see how they might 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 prospective teachers.
Lastly, don’t think you’re obliged to commit to a teacher simply 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.