There are lots of ways in which you can learn the piano in Singapore. You can learn by following online tutorials, you can learn from a private home piano teacher, or you can go to a local music school and take lessons.
First of all, there are lots of YouTube tutorials. In fact, these tutorials are really good if your goal is to learn how to play pop songs on the piano casually and impress your family and friends. Most of these tutorials are good enough to enable you to play a pop song on the piano smoothly. However, most of these tutorials are not in depth enough to teach you the skills required if your goal is to pass the ABRSM graded examinations or the Trinity College piano certification. The technicalities involved with the ABRSM exams are not really taught effectively online.
For those who are more passionate about learning the piano professionally, I highly recommend hiring a professional, private home teacher. A professional private piano teacher will provide dedicated lessons for you, and because of the 1-1 nature, you will be provided with unlimited attention and your mistakes will all be easily corrected. This is the most common route that most parents take in Singapore for their children when it comes to learning the piano. Nothing beats the dedicated attention that a private music teacher can provide, especially in the comfort of your home or their studio. If your goal is to play the piano leisurely, don’t take this choice unless you’re loaded. However, if your child wants to pass the ABRSM graded exams in Singapore, this is the best music investment you can place in your child.
Third of all, for those who wants to provide their children with a music education, but whose child learns better in a group, then definitely enroll your child in a nearby Yamaha or Cristofori music school. There are such music schools scattered all across the island of Singapore. They offer very structured and regulated classes, in a small group. If your child likes that or there is a nearby music school near your work place and you want your child to learn there, then this is a great option. However, this is not a replacement for getting a piano in your own home. If you want your child to learn music properly, constant practice is key. Therefore, invest in a good piano – you will not regret it.
Finding a piano teacher can be very hard if you don’t know how to find one, especially if you are looking for a private home piano teacher. This is especially made more difficult if no one else around you has kids who are learning the piano.
However, here are some tested, tried and proven tips to help you look for a good private home piano teacher in Singapore.
First of all, you want to simply Google for them! Yes, I know that Yellow Pages is nearly extinct, hence I am asking you to Google for piano teaches. There are actually a number of private home piano teachers in Singapore which you can easily find on Google. There are also a number of good piano lesson match up agencies, namely, SG LEARN PIANO (https://www.facebook.com/sglearnpiano). These are agencies which will help you find a good piano teacher for free – they simply charge the teachers instead, while it’s free for you (this is the case for most agencies). Isn’t that great? You can get a free service and the only fees you pay are those you HAVE to pay even if you found the teachers yourself.
Second of all, you may want to check out local online forums in Singapore. Although some posts are self promoting ones, you can still contact these teachers and try them out (Although the first method I told you above about match up agencies are still the best, and is the reason why such piano match up agencies will always be in vogue).
Third of all, if all else fails, simply go to the closest shopping mall to your house location and check out the school piano centres! In fact, you or your kid can learn from these school piano centres as well. Additionally, a lot of these piano teachers are open to teaching during their free time as well, and eventually you can maybe even get some of these school teachers to teach you privately! (Although you may then get banned by the school, so check and proceed with caution.)
There you go, 3 great tips to help you or your child find a piano teacher in Singapore.
Finding a good piano teacher can set you or your child’s music path for life. However, if you find the wrong ones, then you will need to keep changing teachers until you hopefully find the right one. Here are some ways to ensure that you have found the right piano teacher for you or your child.
First of all, you should figure whether your or your child’s goal is to pass the ABRSM graded examinations with flying colours or whether you want to play pop songs well. Teaching styles and methodologies can be vastly different depending on what your end goal is. ABRSM graded examinations’ classes are usually much more structured and very strict. However, playing pop songs is about expressing your freedom in playing the song (albeit you still need to hit the right piano keys!). There are teachers who specialize in piano lessons for students who want to pass the ABRSM graded exams while there are others who specialize only in students who want to master playing pop songs. There are obviously teachers who can teach both, but I highly recommend that you find a music teacher who specializes in one of them.
Second of all, if you are serious about wanting to learn the piano, I highly recommend that you purchase a piano for yourself or your child. It doesn’t have to be a grand piano, considering how small Singapore apartments are (unless you live in a bungalow, which is great!). A normal low-mid tier piano will be sufficient to last you for very long. It’s important to have your own piano (not keyboard), as practice is really key to musical success. No amount of talent will work if you are not a diligent and hardworking student of music. Some students may opt to learn from a teacher’s studio, and that is ok, but you should still get your own piano. Personally, I learnt the piano by having a private home music teacher come to my house to teach me on my own piano. In my opinion, having a 1-1 private home piano teacher beats anything else, including studio classes, as it saves me time and I’m taught on the same piano I’m going to practise on! Therefore, a private piano teacher is best.
Third of all, if you thought that learning math was hard, try learning the piano. This is why it is so important to find a patient and responsible piano teacher. Maths is all about the theory. Piano is about theory and practical. If you don’t get a patient and responsible teacher, you will soon find a teacher yelling at you or your child… not very nice.
Here is also a good read from a piano forum from posters discussing about how to find a good music teacher.