It’s undeniable that learning to play the piano offers plenty of benefits. And if you want nothing but an exciting as well as effective learning experience for your child, you have to get him a good piano teacher. After all, instructors can use varying approaches and communication styles not to mention different genre preferences, all of which are very personal to them. So how can you ensure that you’ve chosen the best piano teacher for your child?
1. Set your expectations.
Before you go out and search for a piano instructor, first determine what you’re looking for in one. What do you and your child hope to attain by taking lessons? What qualifications and level of teaching experience will help you reach these goals? What additional qualifications might help you further? What is your budget? What kind of scheduling flexibility do you need?
2. Ask for recommendations.
You can learn a lot from parents of children who are already taking piano lessons. 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 though that while word-of-mouth can give you some good prospects, children have different ways of learning, so a teacher who’s good for one isn’t automatically good for everyone.
3. Do your 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. Also take note of the way the teacher deals with parents. If you can’t go to a recital, at least talk to a few of the instructor’s students or their parents.
4. Interview your prospects.
You have to personally interview a prospective teacher so you can better decide whether he is a good fit for your child. During this interview, make sure to ask about his approach to teaching, his qualifications, methods and expectations from students. Your child’s presence during this meeting is crucial as this will be your chance to see if they get along. If there is no positive connection, learning can be extremely difficult. Worse, your child may even lose his drive to learn music.
5. Compare teachers.
Finally, don’t think you under obligation to hire a teacher just because you’ve interviewed him. In fact, it’s good to talk to two or three prospects and then compare them before choosing the best. Even if your child has started taken lessons from someone, you can still decide to switch to another teacher, provided you do it with proper notice. A professional instructor will always understand.