Learning to play the piano offers many undeniable benefits. 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 do you know which piano teacher is best for your child?
1. Set your expectations.
Prior to searching for a piano instructor, first define what it is exactly that you want in one. What do you and your child hope to attain by taking lessons? What qualifications and level of teaching experience are going to help you accomplish such goals? What additional qualifications may be helpful? What is your budget? What kind of scheduling flexibility do you need?
2. Ask for personal recommendations.
You can get a lot of information from parents of children who are currently 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. 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.
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 piano teacher should be a source of encouragement 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.
It’s important to personally interview a prospective teacher to help you decide if he is the right one for your child. During this interview, make sure to ask about his approach to teaching, his qualifications, methods and expectations from students. Very importantly, make sure your child is present during this meeting so you can see how the two may get along. If they don’t, learning will be a problem. Worse, your child may give up on music altogether.
5. Compare teachers.
Lastly, don’t think you’re obliged to commit to a teacher simply because you’ve interviewed him. In fact, you should interview two or three prospects and compare them before making a choice. 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.