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Learning to Play Piano – Everything You Need To Know About Finding a Great Teacher

Here are the Beethoven Piano Project, we want to inform everyone about the best ways to find a great piano teacher. Whether you’ve signed up to play Moonlight Sonata, or you are just looking to learn a favorite jazz or popular tune, you’ve come to the right place. We believe that a good piano teacher is a friend, a mentor, and a coach. A good piano teacher is someone who knows how to push the student to be better. But, most importantly, a good piano teacher is someone who makes sure that their student aspires in life as a musician and as a person.

Communication is the Most Critical Component

When you are looking for a piano teacher, talk to others about your search. Ask your friends and family. They might know someone who might be a good fit for you or your child. We’ve developed a list of guidelines to help you out when selecting a teacher:

  • Talk to your family and friends–they are probably familiar with some of the best teachers in your community.
  • Go to a music store and ask them if they know of any potential piano teachers.
  • Church is a great place to seek a recommendation for a piano teacher near you.
  • Interview prospective teachers in person before making a commitment. A free trial lesson is a great way to find out if you are a good match for a piano teacher.
  • Ask to teach to a prospective piano teacher’s past and present students.
  • Take notes and ask a family member or friend to help choose the right piano teacher for you or your child.

Communicate Your Goals Clearly About Why You Want Piano Lessons

Before starting your teacher search, you have to ask yourself some questions so that you can find the best piano teacher for you or your child. Think about these questions:

  • What goals do you have for yourself when it comes to taking piano lessons?
  • Do you have musical talent already or are you just starting out?
  • Do you think that group piano classes or private lessons would be more appropriate for you?
  • What type of music do you want to play?
  • Do you plan on spending a lot of time practicing every day?
  • Do you want to learn classical, jazz, popular, or other musical styles?
  • Do you want to learn to read music or play by ear?

If you ask yourself these questions, you are likely to find a teacher that is a great fit for you.

How To Interview Prospective Piano Teachers For Yourself Or Your Children

At the Beethoven Piano Project, we want people to interview potential piano teachers effectively so that they can find someone who is a great fit.  If you’re thinking about interviewing a prospective piano teacher, you’re already on the right path. Here are some things that you might want to ask:

  • What is your background in music? Did you go to music school? Do you have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate in music?
  • How long have you taught music?
  • Which age groups do you teach?
  • Do you participate in ongoing training to further your teaching ability?
  • Which method books, repertoire, and teaching materials do you use for students?
  • What type of teaching strategies do you use for a learner like me?
  • Will I (or my child) have to play in a piano recital if I take lessons from you?
  • Are you going to require that I practice a certain amount of time every day?
  • Can I speak to one of your students?
  • Do you have references or testimonials that I can refer to?

The Ideal Piano Teacher To Help You Learn and Grow

When you have the right piano teacher, they are going to help you (or your child) learn and grow as both a musician and a person. A good piano teacher will help you set goals so that you can learn exactly what you want to do. You also want a teacher who is going to match your learning style. This is crucial and critical as a learner.