Tips For Aspiring Piano Teachers

If you are thinking of becoming a piano teacher in Singapore, then watch the following video to see how you can be a great teacher! If you already have prior experience and want a job as a tutor in Singapore, then go here.

Remember, that if you want to succeed as a piano tutor in Singapore, you will need to effectively impart your knowledge to your students. Just knowing how to play the piano well does not make you a good teacher. You will need to teach well, after all, you are paid not to be a pianist, but to be a teacher!

So without further ado, please watch the following video I have found online for you to get some tips on how to be a good music tutor!

Better To Learn From Private Piano Teacher Or School in SG?

One of the biggest questions that many parents face when wanting to help get piano lessons for their children is whether they should learn from a private piano teacher in Singapore or at a local music school.

Most articles online talk about the prices and comparison between private piano teachers and music school fees. However, we believe that it is much more than that. You need to also consider which one will be better for your child to learn from.

First and foremost, it depends whether your child learns best in a structured environment or whether your child learns better in a customized environment. Music schools put every child through a regimental style of learning, which is excellent for many students. However, some children suffer from such regimental style of teaching, and if you are worried that your child is like this too, you should seriously consider getting a private home piano teacher for your child instead.

Second of all, some children learn much quicker or slower than others. This means that to be regimental, music schools teach at a pace that is suitable for the average student in Singapore. If your child takes longer to learn, or grasps concepts and can execute them extremely quickly, then a home piano tutor in Singapore is probably your choice. But if not, going to a music school is better if your child is considered average in terms of learning speed.

I usually recommend getting your child a home piano tutor first and see how it goes for a few months. You can then change if he or she learns better in school. This is because some have said that music schools tend to get rid of your deposit or charge you extra fees if you cancel after just 1 or 2 months. As a result of this, it is more beneficial for you and your child if you get him or her a private home piano tutor first. If it is not suitable, then get him or her a music school enrolment.

If you are looking for a music school, I recommend enrolling with Yamaha. They are situated in most Singapore’s heartland shopping centres.

If you are looking for a Singapore private home piano teacher, I recommend looking for SGLEARNPIANO, a Singapore-based agency which will help you get the ideal piano tutor for no charges.

Singapore Piano Lessons Prices – How Much Should You Budget?

If you are considering to send your child for piano lessons in Singapore, you are probably checking out the average prices of such home piano lessons in Singapore and seeing how much you should budget for it. Worry no more as I share with you the expected costs (including any potential hidden costs) of sending your child for home piano lessons in Singapore!

Well known costs:
– Purchasing or rental of a piano
– Paying the teacher’s weekly or monthly pay

Purchasing or rental of a piano

I strongly recommend if your child is serious about learning the piano, to budget for buying a piano. Even if it is a second hand piano, that is alright. It is far better to buy than to rent when it comes to a piano. This is because the quickest that most people take to reach grade 8 is actually 7 to 9 years. Additionally, would you not want your child to be able to play the piano after he or she graduates grade 8? Imagine renting a piano until your child passes grade 8 and then returning it. What is the point of learning piano to grade 8 if he or she cannot enjoy it? It is like learning to walk and once a child learns to walk, to cut off his or her legs. It makes no sense to rent.

Therefore, if you are looking to have your child learn piano up till grade 8, you should look at mid tier to high tier upright pianos at least. Otherwise, you will likely need to buy a new higher end piano when he or she reaches grade 5 and up. This is because there are some elements of playing which cannot be obvious when it comes to a lower tier piano. However, a higher tier piano will be able to bring out that sound, which is necessary for your child to understand so that he or she can pass the higher ABRSM grades with flying colours.

A mid to high tier first hand upright piano costs between $8000 to $15000. I recommend that you can get a good 2nd hand upright piano if finances are tight for you (though many piano stores offer interest free payments). A mid to high tier piano can cost around $5000 to $10000 in Singapore. Look for that price range – or rather, budget that amount. It is always better to budget more and spend less than the other way around.

Piano lessons fees

This fees vary between the various different grades. I will list the average in Singapore down below. Do note that the prices for grade 4 and below is for four weekly 45 minutes lessons. On the other hand, the prices for grade 5 and above is for four weekly 60 minutes lessons.

Grade 1 – $140
Grade 2 – $150
Grade 3 – $160
Grade 4 – $180
Grade 5 – $210
Grade 6 – $230
Grade 7 – $260
Grade 8 – $300

Do note that the above are the average pricing. This means that teachers in Singapore can charge between $120 to $160 for grade 1 students and so on.

Here are some less known costs which first time music students in Singapore may not be aware of:
– Paying for the necessary practical and theory ABRSM books
– Purchasing of any additional music sheet music (yes they cost money! Do not download them illegally!)
– Application for the practical and theory examinations
– Purchasing of items such as the metronome
– Purchasing of ABRSM accessories such as the pieces CD, aural exam practice CD e.t.c.
– Yearly or twice-yearly maintenance of the piano

Paying for the necessary practical and theory ABRSM books

These are basically the scales, sight reading, aural exam as well as the pieces ABRSM books. These are official books which will be required to teach your child to pass the ABRSM examinations effectively. These books are thankfully cheap and only costs between $15 to $40 per book.

Purchasing of any additional music sheet music

Most kids want to learn some pop music other than the standard sheet music required to pass the ABRSM examinations. Therefore, if you also want your child to learn other songs for leisure, then make sure to budget for this. They generally cost the same as the ABRSM books. Make sure to buy the legal, official version of sheet music, and not download illegally for free. You may be persecuted if you do that by the copyright owners!

Application for the practical and theory examinations

Applying for the practical and theory examinations cost money every time you apply for it. The piano teacher will apply for your child, and you will need to reimburse the teacher. Some teachers show you the official amount required and then collect from you as a parent upfront first. Regardless, there are fees required to be paid. These costs in the hundreds of dollars.

For more on these examination fees, please refer to the Singapore’s piano ABRSM exam dates and fees schedule.

Purchasing of items such as the metronome

There are some tools which can vastly improve your child’s piano learning experience and shorten the curve. These are small items such as the metronome e.t.c. These cost between $10 to $50, and are considered relatively small costs.

Purchasing of ABRSM accessories such as the pieces CD, aural exam practice CD e.t.c.

These are additional, official ABRSM accessories and materials. These are usually audio pieces which are ‘perfect’ renditions of the scales, pieces e.t.c. of the ABRSM piano exams. Usually, teachers in Singapore will recommend their students to purchase these so that your child will be able to listen to what a ‘perfect score’ playing should sound like. This way, it will be easier for your child to ace the exams.

Yearly or twice-yearly tuning of the piano

The average price for piano tuning in Singapore is $70 to $100 for upright pianos of all tiers and $100 to $170 for grand pianos.

The above are all costs that are associated with a student wanting to learn the piano and eventually getting an ABRSM grade 8 certification. If you are wondering, no, teachers in Singapore do not get a kick back from these extra purchases such as the ABRSM materials and so on. So please do not worry if they will charge you more as a result of going through them.

Make sure to budget for all of them so you do not get any unexpected surprises! If you are ok with all of the fees, then feel free to get your child piano lessons today as you are definitely financially prepared for it now!*

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*Please also use your own discretion for your other finance details as I am not a financial consultant.