Choose a Private Piano Instructor- How To

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Are you ready to choose a private piano instructor? Have you been wanting to start piano lessons but can’t get over this initial hurdle? Are you trying to find a great piano teacher for a loved one? Your child perhaps? It can be a difficult process, with lots of questions to answer. I’ll guide you through some common questions that may concern you.

Choosing a piano teacher is single-handedly the most important decision anyone can make related to their ability to learn the piano. Piano teachers are given the power to inspire and to drive their students to new heights. Bad piano teachers will often do the exact opposite of this whether they know it or not. It’s because of this that choosing a private piano instructor well is so important.

Consider your goals when you choose a private piano instructor. Your goals will necessarily have to align with theirs. Ask yourself a few questions “How much do I want to perform?”, “Do I want to perform at all?”, “Do I have any career aspirations?” are all great places to start. Think of some more questions to ask yourself. The insight the answers to these questions provide will be essential to your choice.

Take these answers into account, and use them to formulate the characteristics you might want in a piano teacher. This will help you immensely when you move to choose a private piano instructor. For instance, if you want to play for your own enjoyment, a teacher that constantly pressures you to play in front of others may not necessarily be the best choice.

Now it’s time to take some lessons. Call your local MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) secretary, and ask for a list of local piano teachers. Also, contact someone in the piano department at your local university or college. Ask them for a list too. Contact a few private instructors and ask for trial lessons. These will run anywhere from free-to about 10 dollars an hour.

At this point, you probably can choose a piano teacher. If there’s still any doubt, take your list of remaining candidates and ask if and when you can go and watch a student recital to see how well the other students play. If they meet your expectations, then go for it! Also, you may consider talking to some of the students to see how happy they are.

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Hope this has been helpful!

About the Author

Josh Infiesto is an experienced pianist and teacher. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the most outstanding teachers and performers in the world including Daniel Pollack and Jon Nakamatsu. He currently resides in Utah.

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