As a private piano teacher in Singapore, it is imperative that you continue to get a steady flow of income by getting even more students than you can handle. Here are some tips to help you become an even better private piano teacher in Singapore so that you can increase your earnings. (If you want to apply for a private piano teacher job in Singapore instead, then look for https://www.facebook.com/sglearnpiano)
Number one, you must have a passion for teaching. There are many pianists in Singapore who are fantastic at playing the piano, but are not so great or passionate when it comes to teaching others to play the piano. To become a great private piano teacher in Singapore, it is even more important for you to be a great teacher, than it is for you to be a great pianist. You should also be passionate about wanting to spread the love of piano playing to your students. A normal teacher just teaches. A great teacher will ignite passion in the student for learning the piano and constantly think of new ways to improve the lesson and keep the student highly interested and motivated.
Secondly, being an even better piano teacher means that you must also be a responsible adult and person. A common complaint against mediocre teachers is that they often change the lesson timings or cancel music lessons at the last minute. Sometimes, the teacher may also disappear without warning and not respond to the student’s enquiries or the parent’s enquiries. Those are signs of a mediocre teacher who will never survive in this industry.
Thirdly, a great teacher has to know how to communicate complicated principles into simple words and let any layman understand it. This is the pinnacle of teaching, and if you as a music teacher can achieve this, you will get a lot of students. Some technical terms, maneuvers e.t.c. are very complicated and tough. However, if you manage to master teaching this to younger students in particular, then you will definitely be a great teacher.
Finally, if you want to be perceived as a great piano teacher in Singapore and get a lot of music students and referrals so that you can be secured in your salary, then you need to also be firm but never strict with the students. To give you a great example of what is a good way to be firm but not strict, you should enforce lesson rules or standards which will keep the student focused on the lesson, but not kill their joy of learning. Put all the emphasis when it comes to ‘rules and standards’ on ‘piano lesson focus’, instead of being like a discipline master. As long as your students are focused during the lessons on what you have to teach, you will have very happy students, very happy parents and ever increasing referrals of students to you each and every single month!
Did you know that sometimes there are hidden fees when it comes to piano lessons in Singapore? Yes. Therefore, I want to help you avoid these hidden fees as much as possible.
First of all, many schools collect a one time registration fee for all new piano students. The reason for this is unclear, and unethical sounding except in that it is probably to cover their administrative costs. However, this cost is usually not made clearly together with the monthly packages’ prices that they usually show. So do take note about this point about the one time registration fees with public music schools commonly found at shopping centres e.t.c. A way to save on this cost is to select and hire a private piano teacher in Singapore instead. I strongly recommend that you contact a private piano teacher in Singapore instead.
Second of all, music books and scores actually cost money. Other than the required ABRSM piano pieces and scales, leisure sheet music also require money. Music books can cost between $10 to $30 a book and is extra on top of piano lesson fees charged in Singapore (this is the case for both private and school lessons).
Third of all, there is also ABRSM exam application fees. Each attempt will cost you money. Since most music students in Singapore apply for the ABRSM exams, I think this is something you should look out for. Fees range from $150 to $650 depending on the ABRSM exam grade you are applying for. This fee is mandatory regardless of where you take your music lessons, and is necessary as long as you want to be graded through the ABRSM or Trinity College system.
The above are major hidden fees that many first time parents and piano students in Singapore may not be aware of, especially if they do not know anyone else who has taken piano lessons and ABRSM exams before in Singapore too. I hope that by sharing with you these hidden fees, you will be able to make a more informed decision for yourself or for your child when you or your child decides to learn to play the piano in Singapore.
Also, if you know of any other hidden fees when it comes to piano lessons in Singapore, make sure to let us know in the comment section below too!
If you are a beginner to playing the piano, you may want to start practising classical pieces. Classical piano pieces are great for practice purposes, especially if you are just starting out and want to master the various nuances of playing skills.
A second tip I have for beginners is that if you do not have much available time for practice daily, then you should practice a musical piece that you actually like instead of spending time on scales or ‘drills’. Such a musical piece should ideally be able to be mastered within weeks (not within a week as that would mean it is too easy, and months would mean it is too difficult).
If you have 30 minutes to practise playing the piano daily, then you want to dedicate 5 minutes to warm up drills, and then the remaining 25 minutes on an actual musical (classical songs are recommended) piece.