How To Become A Piano Teacher In Singapore

In this post, I will give you a step by step breakdown of how to best become a piano teacher in Singapore.

First and foremost, you should get a diploma certification at least. The reason for this is because there are lots of grade 8 piano teachers out there. To truly stand out, you want to take up till Diploma certificate so that you are one higher. While this point alone will not help you guarantee riches just yet, it will ensure that you have a stronger footing when you embark on your journey to become a full time piano teacher in Singapore.

Second of all, you want to start as young as possible. Some people wait until after their university or polytechnic graduation before becoming a music teacher. Some even work a day job for years before considering being a music teacher. The easiest way to transition into a full time piano teacher right from the start is to start your career even as you are still an academic student. The reason for this is because your parents will not pressure you to get a ‘real job’ while you are still a student. Therefore, you can use this time to build up your student portfolio.

Third of all, never underestimate the ability of you getting stressed out when you are working hard to find students but unable to and not making any income. Add on your parents’ pressure, and you will soon realize that the biggest obstacle to you becoming self employed as a full time music teacher in Singapore is usually your parents and yourself. The society is not to blame for it. When you are not bringing in enough income to feed yourself, trust me, your parents will not be supportive of you being a teacher. This is why you cannot skip step 2. It is so important that if you skip it, forget it. You are writing your own guarantee to failure. Do not even bother trying to be a full time piano teacher in Singapore if you skip step 2.

Next of all, it is important to kick things off with a bang so that you get the confidence. Being a full time private piano teacher in Singapore is being self employed. This means that self doubt will easily set in if you do not quickly make a lot of money. Therefore, you want to get as many students as you possibly can at the start of your career. The purpose of this is to let your mind know that it is possible to turn this into a full time career. Most people lose here. Let me give you a secret as to how I turned my life around and quickly got a lot of students in the past when I first started teaching in Singapore – I got extra students from agencies. That is right. There are many Singapore piano teacher-student agencies which will match you up and only take a commission if they are successful in matching you up with a confirmed student. There is no admin work or scheduling work or liaising work you need to do in between. You basically register with an agency such as SG Learn Piano or Your Happy Pianist and they will notify you when there are students. This is a great way to kickstart your career fast! Sh… don’t tell too many people this secret.

Finally, learn to be flexible with your time. As you are a self employed person now, you will need to learn how to adapt to last minute changes in your schedule. Students will always call in to change the schedule last minute. Traveling to and fro is also a necessity in this job. If you are picky, you will not make a career out of this. As long as you do not randomly pick students from Jurong West if you stay in Changi, or pick a student from Sentosa if you stay in Woodlands, be as flexible as you possibly can if you want to get a large base of students and become a successful piano teacher in Singapore.

What To Expect On ABRSM Piano Exam Day?

Many students in Singapore are very nervous about their exam day. This happens to many people in Singapore! So do not worry that you are the only one. In fact, the ones who get distinction are those who worry the most!

However, it helps if your nerves are calm before the exam. The easiest way to achieve that is to fully know what will happen during the examination. Every examination grade is nearly the same. So I want you to watch this official presentation video as below by ABRSM themselves. The video shows piano students what to expect on the day of the piano exam in Singapore.

Obviously, getting a great piano teacher in Singapore will also help you ensure that you are better prepared for an exam too!

But nonetheless, you still want to watch the following official video by the ABRSM piano board so you are better prepared mentally and physically!

How Are Piano Lesson Fees In Singapore Charged?

If you are a first time student, or a parent looking for music teachers for your child, read on. If you are curious about why the piano lesson fees in Singapore are the way it is, read on.

I will explain to you how most music teachers in Singapore charge their piano lesson fees. If you need a music teacher in Singapore, go look for

Estimated piano lesson fees for most music teachers in Singapore:

In the following few paragraphs, I will share with you the estimated cost per lesson charged by most teachers in Singapore. Do note that some other articles may have written the monthly cost (which is usually the price of one lesson multiplied by 4), and so you may see some discrepancies. The reason for the discrepancy is that.

Grade 1 – $35 to 50 / 45 minutes

Grade 2 – $40 to $55 / 45 minutes

Grade 3 – $45 to $60 / 45 minutes

Grade 4 – $50 to $65 / 45 minutes

Grade 5 – $55 to $75/ 60 minutes (Do note lessons are AT LEAST one hour at this Grade and higher)

Grade 6 – $60 to $80 / 60 minutes

Grade 7 – $65 to $85 / 60 minutes

Grade 8 – $70 to $90 / 60 minutes

Diploma – $80 to $120 / 60 minutes

Some teachers may charge different from the above fees stated. It is just a rough guide for potential piano students in Singapore to look at. Under no circumstances are we implying nor saying that it is guaranteed you will find teachers at any of the above stated fees. There is no hard and fast rule. Do not be surprised if some charge much higher, especially if they have a long history of students with stellar results.

Frequency of piano lessons can affect fees charged by music teachers in Singapore too

Although most students in Singapore take weekly lessons, there may be exceptional cases.

If you request for two lessons a week, some teachers may give a small discount.

On the other hand, if you are not serious about learning, and just want to take casual piano lessons, and only want for example one lesson every 2nd week, then the fees may be higher to make up for the fewer lessons per month.

If you only want to learn a song for a particular special occasion, such as for a proposal, wedding day or something like that, the piano teacher may quote a special fee for you. Usually, anything that is different from weekly lessons will be a different set of pricing from the above mentioned generally speaking.

Should You Take Piano Lessons As An Adult Or Is It Too Late?

Some people think that learning the piano when you are already an adult is too late. The reason they give is that you learn well only as a child. Perhaps the brain is too rigid or the fingers are not flexible anymore. The above are common reasons why some Singaporeans think that adult piano lessons are too late. However, that cannot be further from the truth.

In fact, there are many benefits that you get taking music lessons as an adult that a child may not have. Of course, the vice versa is true too. It is just different types of benefits.

Let me share with you some of the common benefits and disadvantages an adult piano student will experience in Singapore. You can then make your final decision by yourself. If you want a piano teacher in Singapore, look for

Benefits of taking piano classes in Singapore as an adult

You decide exactly what you want to learn. Unfortunately for some children students in Singapore, they have tiger parents, and are forced to do or learn things against their free will. I do not condone that. However, thankfully for you, you are an adult. This means you can exert your free will and learn what you want. If you want to pass the ABRSM graded exams, you can tell your piano teacher to teach you that. If you want to learn how to play popular songs on the piano, then you can hire a piano tutor who does exactly that.

As an adult piano student, learning music theory is far easier than if you are for example still a pre teen student. You will likely be able to grasp complicated theory concepts quickly.

Chances are high that you work a 9-6pm job, or are self employed. Regardless of which, you will likely still have 1 or 2 days off a week. This means that you can fully focus on taking your piano lessons then. Unlike students in Singapore who have insane amounts of homework, projects and CCAs after school, you do not. There is no need to think about any of that when you are having your music lessons.

Your hand span will definitely be larger than that of yours as a child. This means that you will unlikely have any troubles with piano pieces which will require long hand span to perform well.

Disadvantages of learning the piano as an adult

Chances are, you will need to buy the piano and pay for the music teacher yourself. Unlike a child, you will need to pay for your own incurred bills and expenses.

Compared to a child during official year end school holidays, you may not have as much free time to practise on the piano for the month of November and December. This is because that is a long academic school holiday for students in Singapore, where CCAs and projects generally completely stop.

So there you go. The above are some of the advantages and disadvantages of taking piano lessons as an adult in Singapore. So what do you think? Do you want to take piano lessons as an adult in Singapore? Let me know in the comments section below! Leave a comment below.

Are Private Piano Teachers Or School Teachers In Singapore Better?

If you are intending to take piano lessons in Singapore, you have two options. You could either learn from a private home piano teacher or you could go to a nearby music school and take up lessons from a teacher there.

Which one is the better option? The answer is that it is dependent on you. There are various factors which will affect your decision.

Is the student an adult or a child?

If the student is an adult, then traveling to and fro is not a big issue for him or her. This means that regardless if you get a private teacher to go to your house or you go to a music school, it will not be too inconvenient.

On the other hand, if the student is a child, home lessons are usually more convenient. This is because some children start taking piano lessons very early on. They may only be 5 to 10 years old. There is no point to worry about your child consistently if you send them to a music school. You either worry about them taking the public transport or have to fetch them to and fro.

For students, home piano lessons are recommended in Singapore. For adult learners, the choice is not so clear.

Do you have a piano of your own?

Although I strongly recommend anyone serious about learning the piano to get one of their own, some do not. In such cases, you have no choice but to either go to a private home studio or to a public school.

In such cases, I would then recommend you to actually go to a public music school instead. The reason for this is because you can then rent practice sessions without a teacher to practise on the piano easily. However, if you learn from a teacher from his or her home studio, but you have no piano, it can be inconvenient to practise on his or her place as and when you like.

Keep in mind though, that you should get a piano of your own. Even if it is an older, second hand one, it is still recommended over not having one!

Practising on the piano daily for a short period of time is absolutely essential for you to become a master at it. Here is my other post on what is the best way to practise on the piano. Read it if you want to learn the best ‘hack’ to master the piano.

Let us talk about the finances

Are you already straining in terms of your finances monthly? Then you might want to look at private home piano lessons in Singapore instead.

Some fixed costs which will be required and are highly similar for both private and public teachers are examination application fee, costs of books, the piano.

However, the largest variable cost if the cost of the piano lessons itself. Since I strongly recommended that you get a piano of your own, that is an unavoidable cost, similar to the above mentioned fixed costs. However, with a private home piano tutor, you can save a lot on transportation as well as marked up school fees. Schools need to cover for their administrative and accountant costs, as well as their rental and PUB costs. As a result of that, they tend to mark up their prices quite sharply. So, if your goal is to save money, then you should definitely pick private piano lessons over school teachers.

How To Properly Choose A Piano Teacher In Singapore

A common challenge for many parents in Singapore is where they should go to find the best experienced and professional piano teacher for their kids.

Picking the right piano teacher will have a very important impact on your child’s learning. Picking the wrong teacher can cause your child to develop a hatred for learning the piano, while picking the right teacher will not only ignite the passion in your child but also enable your child to become a great pianist eventually.

First of all, not all parents and children manage to find the ideal piano teacher on their first try. Therefore, do not be discouraged nor feel married to the teacher you first engage for your child. You want to take your time to find the right teacher.

Here are some elements that should go into your decision making process when finding a teacher and getting local piano classes for your child.

Rates – depending on the teacher, the rates that teachers charge in Singapore can vary greatly. Generally speaking, the more years of teaching experience and certifications the teacher has, the higher the rates charged by the music teacher.

Chemistry – you should not hire a teacher based purely on his or her level of certifications. A teacher with lots of certifications may not be the best teacher for your child, and vice versa. Of course, you want a teacher who is at least a Grade 8 qualified or Diploma and above. However, other than that, it depends whether the teacher has the right chemistry with the student. Some teachers prefer working with children, while others prefer working with adults. If you are going through an agency to find this teacher, make sure to mention this point to the agency so that they will find the right type of teacher for you. Likewise, age has no indication of a music teacher’s ability to teach well. Just like some young people are weak and unhealthy while old people are poor and dead broke, age means nothing when it comes to music teachers too. You want to find the right one who is most suited for your child.

You are also recommended to first have a trial lesson or month with the teacher you pick for your child to see if they bond well and your child works and learns well with the tutor.

Here are some things you should be looking out for when your child goes for that first, trial lesson.

You want to see how the student responds to the teacher.

You want to see whether the teacher is just highly qualified, or is also capable of passing knowledge to his or her students in a super easily understandable way for your child.

You can judge the teacher’s way of teaching and personality as well usually just through the first few music lessons.

With all of the above mentioned information, you are now certainly better equipped than many other Singaporean parents in making a good, educated choice.

What Is The Best Way To Practise On The Piano?

Some piano teachers in Singapore recommend that you take every practice session like the actual examinations, and go through in sequence every time. On the other hand, some piano teachers tell you that you should set aside for e.g. the weekends for intensive hours of practice.

However, what I recommend the best way to practise and master playing the piano is to actually practise daily, albeit for no more than 15 minutes each time.

Why do I recommend that you practise daily, and why only 15 minutes each time? I have reasons for each of that.

First of all, consistency is key when it comes to playing the piano. It is more important to practise consistently, and on a daily basis to get your muscle memory right rather than trying to cram in last minute. The best method to get muscle memory right is to practise consistently on a daily basis, rather than practising for 5 hours straight once or twice a week.

Second of all, why do I recommend only 15 minutes practice sessions? The reason for this has to do with human psychology. If you had to practise for 1 hour daily, you may not be able to do so on certain days because of your school/work e.t.c. If this happens often enough (which is likely possible), you will definitely break the habit of practising daily. That is bad. To prevent this from happening, you only want short piano practice sessions so you always have time for it daily, and also feel motivated to practise even on days where you do not feel like it, simply because it is so short and easy to get it over and done with.