There’s no question about the benefits of learning to play the piano. And if you want your child’s learning experience to be exciting as well as effective, you have to look for a good piano teacher. After all, different instructors have different communication styles, learning techniques and genre preferences, all highly personal to them. So how do you know which piano teacher is best for your child?
1. Know your expectations.
Before you start looking for a piano instructor, first know exactly what you want in one. What do you and your child hope to achieve by taking lessons? What qualifications and level of teaching experience will help you reach these goals? Will there be any additional qualifications that could help you further? What is your budget? How much scheduling flexibility do you need?
2. Seek personal recommendations.
You can learn a lot from parents of children who are already taking piano lessons. Talk to your relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors -anyone who might be happy to tell you about their experience. Besides that, local music stores and schools can also be willing to give you their 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.
After finding a good prospect, take time out to see him at work. Attending a recital of his students is a good idea because then, you see how he interacts with them. A good piano teacher is encouraging to learners. Pay attention to the teacher’s interactions with the parents too. If its not possible for you to go to a recital, at least speak to some 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 meeting, ask him about his overall teaching philosophy, qualifications, teaching methods and expectations. Very importantly, bring your child with you to this meeting so you can see how they might get along. If there is no positive connection, learning can be extremely difficult. Worse, your child may give up on music altogether.
5. Compare potential teachers.
Finally, don’t feel obliged to commit to a teacher just because you’ve used his time during the interview. 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 be professional enough to understand.