Is Being A Piano Teacher In Singapore A Practical Career?

If you are a local thinking about embarking on a lifelong journey to become a piano teacher in Singapore, chill. I have got you covered with three of the most important considerations you MUST HAVE when it comes to deciding whether you truly want to be a piano teacher in Singapore. They are namely – salary, working hours and job security. I will discuss each and every single one of them relatively in-depth below.

First of all, let us talk about the salary. There are two ways you can be a piano teacher. The first way would be to work as a salaried employee and typical piano teacher at a studio in Singapore such as that as Yamaha or Cristofori. As a salaried piano teacher working under another person and company, you can expect to make between $2500 to $4000 a month. Your salary will increase if you are a Diploma graduate instead of an ABRSM piano grade 8 graduate. Additionally, you will get overtime if applicable. The second way you can work as a piano teacher in Singapore is to become a self-employed private home piano tutor. You will either travel to the student’s houses to teach them music and to play the piano, or you can have the students go to your house. As a self employed piano teacher, most of them make between $1300 to $1800 as a part timer after their full time day job, while the full time ones make between $4000 to $6500 a month. As you can tell,  there is quite a big gap between part timers and full timers, because you can accept many more students if you go into this full time.

Second of all, let us talk about your working hours. When it comes to working hours, it is usually fixed, or it could also be shift work when it comes to public schools such as Yamaha or Cristofori. It depends on what you negotiate with them. However, once negotiated, you will be required to stick to it whether or not you want to change in future. This could be a blessing if your hours provided are perfect for you. However, it will be a disaster if you need to change it in future but cannot, and your only choice is to quit. When it comes to being a private home piano teacher in Singapore, you work random hours. You basically create your own work schedule. If you like to work only on weekends and weekday day time, you can do that. Of course, the more particular you are about timing, the less students you may have. E.g., most students are unavailable during weekday mornings, as they either have school if they are a student, or work if they are an adult learner. You will usually work relatively ‘upside down’ hours to ‘normal 9-6pm’ people in Singapore. However, it is a blessing if you hate working in the early morning hours. Good news? You will never need to try to beat the peak hour traffic on the terrible MRTs anymore because you will not even need to work at those hours!

The third thing you need to consider is the job security. Piano as a musical instrument, and music will probably never disappear for the next 50 to 100 years and beyond. However, piano teacher jobs may evolve. First of all, if you work as a salaried employee at a local piano school in Singapore, you may get fired from the job if the manager does not like you (not likely) or if the centre shuts down due to changing business conditions (more likely in 10-15 years). This means that job security is minimal for fixed salaried employees. The alternative is if you are self employed and a private home piano teacher in Singapore. You will always have a job as a piano tutor, however, your income will be heavily dependent on your ability to market yourself (just join a good piano student-teacher match up agency like sglearnpiano) and may have slight fluctuations from month to month. You will be responsible for your income. The way you teach also affects whether you get more or less students. Here are some tips I wrote in a previous post on how you can be a better piano teacher so you can get more students and referrals. This spells terrible news for those stressed about being self employed, and is happiness for those who yearn for absolute career freedom in a country where things feel stifled a little too often.

3 Ways To Find A Private Piano Teacher In Singapore

Here are three simple and effective ways in which you can easily look for a private home piano teacher in Singapore to teach either you or your child if either one of you are looking to learn to play the piano.

First of all, you could look for agencies such as SG LEARN PIANO to help you look for the perfect piano teacher in Singapore. The good thing about using an agency is that they need not feel biased towards any teacher, and can give you an unbiased recommendation as they have access to multiple teachers. However, if you were to approach individual teachers, there is no way they will recommend you another teacher simply because there is no incentive. Even if they are lousy, they will still tell you they are good. However, when it comes to a piano teacher-student match up agency like SG LEARN PIANO, they can recommend you a better teacher over a lousier one with no incentives whatsoever otherwise. Additionally, almost all agencies in Singapore do not charge customers anything for their services. Their services are always free for piano students, and they only charge the teachers a fee for referring them to you.

The second way in which you can look for a private piano tutor in Singapore is to look for a friend who has learnt piano before, or has a kid who is currently learning the piano. Simply ask for a referral. However, just note that you should only ask for referral if you feel that your friend or your friend’s kid is good at the piano. Otherwise, they may refer you a lousy teacher!

The third way in which you can look for a private piano teacher in Singapore is to look at classified ads – or in 2018, you probably need to look at ‘Mummy’ forums online or in Facebook groups. There are usually a lot of kiasu mums there who are eagerly searching and recommending each other tuition teachers, and piano teachers in Singapore. That’s a good spot to find a piano tutor as well if you’re more tech savvy.

For the simplest method, in Singapore, I strongly recommend that you pick agencies, simply because they do not charge customers anything, and have access to many more teachers than any of your friends can possibly know. Their service is free, and good, why not use them?