Reverse-engineer your search for a piano teacher: Ask, “what do I want in a teacher?” Then, find someone who suits your needs.
So what are you looking for? Do you want someone who knows music fundamentals like the back of their hand? Do you want a fun and enjoyable experience? Someone who’s good with kids?
Is it important for your child to build a personal connection or do you want the focus to be on a “music education?”
Once you clarify what you want, the next step is to accept that no teacher can deliver 100% of what you’re looking for.
Everybody has strengths and weaknesses and that applies to professionals as well.
Shaq was one of the greatest big men to ever play the game of basketball… and one of the worst free throw shooters of all time.
How to Find a Piano Teacher
Make a compromise and think of the top 2 or 3 qualities you want a piano teacher to have and pay attention to the following caveats:
Know why? Because it’s EASY to teach talented students. They’re more or less what you would call auto-didactic, students who are really good at teaching themselves, or self-learning.
These students will thrive in any environment and most likely with any teacher.
I have a few of them and I’ll tell you the most important thing is to not get in their way.
Here’s the most important piece of advice: look at the teachers’ roster of students.
If you’re looking for someone who’s good with kids and beginners, make sure their studio is packed with kids who are beginners and have a great connection with the teacher.
People are who they surround themselves with. Every studio reflects their teacher.
It’s just like how a professional football team will take on the personality of their head coach.
So when looking for the right piano teacher, make sure you take your time and do your research. Your wallet and your child will thank you later.
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