Study: My Understanding of Lessons
It’s undeniable that learning to play the piano offers plenty of benefits. And if you want your child to have a learning experience that is both fun and exciting, you need to find a good teacher. Besides, instructors can have different techniques, communication styles and preferred genres – all very personal to the them. So how can you tell which piano teacher is right for your little one?
1. Define your expectations.
Prior to searching for a piano instructor, first define what it is exactly that you want 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? What additional qualifications may be helpful? What is your budget? How much scheduling flexibility do you need?
2. Ask for personal recommendations.
You can learn a lot from parents of children who are already taking piano lessons. Talk to friends, relatives, colleagues – anyone who may have an experience to share. Aside from that, you can approach local music schools and stores, which are usually willing to provide their expert suggestions. 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 your 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 piano teacher should be a source of encouragement to learners. Also take note of the way the teacher deals with parents. If attending a recital is not an option, you can at least have a chat with some of the instructor’s students (or their parents).
4. Interview your prospects.
It’s important to personally interview a prospective teacher to help you decide if he is the right one for your child. During this interview, make sure to ask about his approach to teaching, his qualifications, methods and expectations from students. 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 even lose interest in learning music.
5. Compare 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.