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How to Choose the Best Piano Teacher

So, you are decided. You want to start taking piano lessons or you want your kids to do it.

You’ve always liked music and you know of all the benefits playing piano can provide you or your kids.

And you start looking for a piano teacher. But it is a very daunting process. Where to start? How to choose the right one? There are so many out there…

The first thing you do is to ask for the price… that has to be a good way, right? Well, not quite.

Obviously, money plays an important part and every household has a different allowance for “extra” activities.

Many times we are just drawn to the cheapest option... but cheapest is not always the best. Many times, instead, cheapest means more expensive.

At MMQ we get many students coming to us after taking cheap lessons with many deficits in many areas which lead to frustration and ultimately stopping lessons (and spending money for nothing).

At the end of the day you want to get the best piano education possible, make progress, enjoy your lessons and get your money and time’s worth.

We are here to help you choose the best piano teacher.

Whether you decide to take piano lessons with us at MMQ or to start with someone else, we want to make sure you make the right decision.

When looking for the right piano teacher, these are some of the questions you should be asking:

  • Do they have long term students? A teacher/studio with long term students means they are able to create a love for piano.

  • Do the teacher(s) have a pedagogical background? Being a good pianist, even highly certified, doesn’t make for a good teacher. Even more, for the beginner levels of piano instruction the knowledge in pedagogy is essential and having certified teachers in piano pedagogy is extremely difficult to find.

  • Do they evolve as teachers, question their methods, look for new and innovative methods to teach? Piano teaching has evolved over time, however many pianists and teachers are still learning with old methods (about 100 years old). Some of those methods are known to create frustration and to make piano learning difficult.

  • Do they have a well thought off curriculum/learning plan? Even if you just want to play for fun, having a learning curriculum/framework is extremely important. A teaching plan is much more than just following a book or an exam syllabus. It requires a lot of time, investment and reflection from the teacher and defines the results expected in the lessons.

    Every teacher/studio should have a developed curriculum where it states what to teach, when to teach it and how to do it. If that plan is not clear students might be set up for frustration.

    Always chose a teacher/studio with a pedagogical plan that they can explain to you.

  • Do they work creatively in the lessons? Work on improvisation and composition? Arranging, composition and improvisation are an important part of learning piano. This allows the students to use music as a language and not just being mechanical performers.

  • Do they offer the opportunity of having group activities? Some areas such as music theory, music history or aural development are better learnt in a group setting, allowing students also to socialize and meet like minded people.

  • Do they offer regular performance activities? Performing in front of an audience not only helps growing confidence, also helps to work in organization, perseverance, concentration and stress handling, abilities that translate to all other areas of life.

Learning piano is a serious matter and at MMQ we take the learning process very seriously, while making our lessons fun, entertaining, enjoyable and highly satisfying.

We ensure that you’ll get a strong foundation, avoiding frustration which ultimately will lead you to love piano and music for life.

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