We talked about finding a private piano teacher at our blog previously. From then, I received some feedback from people that the article did actually gave them some help in finding a good piano teacher for lessons. Anyway, if you have benefitted from our help, thank you so much for supporting us by coming to our blog too!
Meanwhile, I want to talk about the most important quality in a piano teacher today. You see, in a small country like Singapore, there are be many piano teachers. There are junior ones, there are senior ones. There are those who won lots of awards, and there are those who have performed internationally.
So when you come to choose a good teacher for yourself, how can you choose the one that is for you? You can have the teacher with lots of awards or fame, or you can have a teacher that is focused on making you or your son as the best pianist they can ever be.
But that’s not the point. If you are going to find a piano teacher, you must really find one that possess this quality:
Now you may say, “Patience? It is already a given in most teachers!”.
You’re wrong. Not every teacher has patience!
When a teacher has patience, he will understand that a student will face difficulty in learning, and sometimes, it is not the fault of the student that he doesn’t improve much. It just that he needs more time.
When the teacher has patience, he will understand that they will keep making mistakes over and over again, and the teacher needs to know that it is part of the learning process.
When a teacher has patience, he will not rush through teaching the student from topics to topics, hoping to advance quickly. He will instead focus on building a strong foundation for the students first before advancing.
But now the question is… how can you know if your teacher has patience?
Before you engage the teacher, do a light background check on the teacher. Does the teacher has other students that you can contact? Is the teacher referred to you by your friends? Ask them how the teacher is, and most importantly, ask the students how they find the teacher.
Next, seek permission to sit inside the class. Watch and listen to how the teacher teaches. Is he patient in teaching you or your child? Is he listening to concerns bring up by the students, or is he brushing off all the problems so that he can say what he wants to say?
Lastly, if your child is the one attending the class, ask how is he finding the teacher. A young child will hardly lie when ask about his opinions. They will always say it as it is, very bluntly. Hence, when you ask for feedback about his teacher, you can be assured that his words are true. If he complains to you about the teacher, then I can say your child is probably right.
Patience is really important for a teacher. A teacher who can’t hold his temper will frighten the child, and worse, cause the child to give up on learning piano FOREVER. It is a painful thing to watch when your child gives up, because of a teacher.
As quoted by Valerie, a piano teacher in Singapore, she stated that “Patience is probably the most important quality a teacher must have in teaching music to students, especially young children. They are eager to learn, but because of their age, they can make lots of mistakes. As a teacher, if you cannot be patient enough to correct their mistakes, you can kill their young dreams easily, just by being harsh and impatient to them”.
If you would like to find out more about Valerie and her piano classes, then you can check out here website at ValeriePianoStudio.com: Piano Lessons In Singapore by Valerie Chan.
To all parents who are enrolling their kids to tuition classes, or anyone who are looking to pick up a new skill, be it piano, singing, or even speaking a new language, find a teacher who has the patience to teach you and groom you!