A good piano teacher can make all the difference in a pianist’s ability. Good teachers can make lessons fun and informative at the same time, while inspiring their students to do the best that they can each week at improving their music abilities. However, what makes a teacher perfect for one kind of student may not make them the perfect teacher for all kinds of students. After all, everyone learns differently and has different expectations of what they hope to gain from their music lessons. When it comes to finding a teacher that is the right fit for you and your music goals, these are three things to keep in mind.
1. Do Your Research
There are a lot of piano teachers available in most areas, but all will have different areas of specialization. The best way to find a piano teacher tends to be through word-of-mouth (current students are a great way to hear about their teaching style!), but checking for information about the piano teacher online can also be an excellent resource. Most teachers will have a biography online, as well as some basic details about their teaching style and lesson costs.
2. Do a Trial Lesson
Most piano teachers will be more than happy to have the first lesson be a ‘trial’. You will still need to pay the piano teacher for their time, but there is no commitment to future lessons unless you both feel that you will be able to work well together. Trial lessons are important because they will help you to know whether or not you will enjoy the teacher’s personality and teaching methods, their studio space, and/or their approach to lessons. It will also make sure that your teacher feels the same way about you!
3. Ask Questions
Becoming someone’s student is usually thought of as a long-term commitment, so make absolutely sure that you are partnering with a teacher that fits your needs! Make a list of the teaching components that are absolutely necessary for you to feel that you are accomplishing what you need to each lesson, the goals you want to achieve, and the music you want to learn . Then, ask the teacher at your trial lesson about these things. This will help to make sure that you are both on the same page, that you will be able to accomplish the goals that you want to with this teacher, and that they feel they are suited to help you in your musical journey.
Finding a new piano teacher can be stressful, but it can also be a very exciting beginning of a new phase in your musical career. Take your time with this decision, and you will be able to find a teacher that is perfect for you and your needs!