Finding the right piano teacher for your child or for yourself, is one of the most important aspects to consider when learning an instrument. It is a very individual choice too, and what suits one person might not necessarily suit another.
This page looks at some of the key qualities that make a good teacher, and gives advice on where to start your search. It also covers helpful questions to ask yourself, your child, and the prospective teacher, so that you can find the best fit for your child.
What makes an outstanding piano teacher?
Remember when you were in school? We all had a favourite teacher, and we also knew which ones weren’t so good! It is not an easy task to explain why, but some qualities are common to all outstanding teachers. The list below is by no means exhaustive, and it is also geared towards a beginner’s needs.
Being an amazing pianist or being able to explain it to another person, particularly a beginner, are two very different things. A good teacher can do both, and uses a wide variety of methods such as games, apologies and stories to explain posture, technique, musical concepts in a more accessible way. A good teacher enjoys communicating, and listens carefully to their student.
Fair and flexible
Outstanding piano teachers want to help each of their pupils to reach their full potential, regardless of their abilities. They have targeted expectations for their students. They also recognise that students learn in different ways, therefore they adapt their teaching method to each child’s changing needs.
Creating Playing opportunities outside music lessons
Find a piano teacher who can offer performance opportunities. Making music with others is vital to maintaining the pupil’s interest in playing the piano, developing their skills and performing. It is for the teacher to encourage performance and engage the child in opportunities outside the lesson’s frame. Performance can be informal, formal, private, live or recorded! It is the teacher’s responsibility to able fulfilling opportunities.
The right piano teacher as Role model
Finding the right Piano Teacher is finding an inspiring teacher that your child looks up to and wants to emulate, plays a vital part in your child’s enjoyment of, and success with, learning the piano. Younger beginners in particular tend to respond best to warmth, encouragement and support. A smattering of humour is usually also appreciated!
You can read here numerous testimonials regarding Lorraine’s teaching. Lorraine is often described as a generous and enthusiastic teacher. The ability to enthuse and inspire is crucial, especially when teaching beginners. Inspirational teachers have a deep love of their subject and a generosity of spirit to share their passion.
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