There are many ways to find a piano teacher for your child’s music lessons. But which way is the best way to ensure that your child receives the best music education in Singapore?
First of all, you should try to pick teachers who have a Diploma qualification. Most piano teachers are either Grade 8 ABRSM qualified or Diploma qualified. Diploma is one level higher than Grade 8, and you are recommended to pick such a teacher as much as possible. This is because they have higher technical skills. However, this is not the end all and be all. You still need to make sure the teacher is good at teaching. Some people are fantastic at playing the piano, but do not make a good and caring teacher. One of the best ways I personally like to find a piano teacher is to actually go through a local piano teacher agency. The agency’s reputation is at stake if they recommend a lousy teacher, and they have no incentive to recommend a lousy teacher over a good teacher, as they probably make the same amount regardless of who they recommend. On the other hand, if you contacted individual private piano teachers in Singapore, they have every incentive to be biased towards themselves and praise themselves. This is because they cannot recommend you another teacher, or they will make nothing! One agency I recommend is Sglearnpiano.com for private piano teachers giving music lessons in Singapore.
Second of all, you could try asking a friend whose child has scored well in his or her piano examinations for a referral. This method is only recommended if you have friends whose child or children are taking piano lessons, and have a great teacher who has produced great results. Otherwise, this method is useless. Nonetheless, if you do know a parent who has engaged a great private piano teacher in Singapore for their child, then this is a fantastic way to get referred to a great teacher.
The third way you could do is to look into classified ads both in the Straits Times newspaper in Singapore as well as Locanto, Backpage, Craiglist or even ads on parents forums e.t.c. However, I strongly recommend that you do not do this method. This is because these are ads by the teacher themselves. And as mentioned above in the first method, contacting independent teachers by themselves is usually not a recommended way as they will be biased towards themselves, thus making you think they are better than they actually are.
In a nutshell, the best way to find a private piano teacher in Singapore for music lessons would be to ask a friend for referral if applicable for you. Otherwise, you will want to contact an agency.