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.