There’s no question about the benefits of learning to play the piano. 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 want your child to attain through these lessons? What teacher qualifications and experience will be useful in accomplishing these goals? Will there be any additional qualifications that could help you further? What is your budget? How much flexibility do you need in terms of scheduling?
2. Ask for recommendations.
You can get a lot of information from parents of children who are currently taking piano lessons. Talk to your relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors -anyone who might be happy to tell you about their experience. On top of that, you can also approach local music stores and schools, which can usually provide expert recommendations. 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 good piano teacher is encouraging to learners. Pay attention to the teacher’s interactions with the parents too. 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.
A personal interview with a prospective teacher is necessary, if only to see whether he is a good fit for your child. During this meeting, ask him about his overall teaching philosophy, qualifications, teaching methods and expectations. Your child’s presence during this meeting is crucial as this will be your chance to see if they get along. If they don’t connect in a good way, learning can be an issue. Worse, your child may even lose interest in learning music.
5. Compare potential teachers.
Finally, don’t think you under obligation to hire a teacher just 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 actually started lessons with someone, don’t hesitate to switch to another teacher as long as you give proper notice. A professional instructor will always understand.