Classical piano teachers teach different levels of piano lessons. At my studio, I teach piano from beginners to diploma level. Read on some common questions and issues here:
1. Beginning Lessons
2. Taking Lessons
4. Diploma lessons
Finding a teacher suited to the level and maturity of the student is needed.
There are students who are committed to learning piano from the start. These students usually have:
I. A piano to practise on regularly
II. A supportive home environment (especially for younger students)
III. A focused and disciplined approach (in the midst of enjoyment)
Getting a decent piano is very important even at the start. A piano that can keep in tune, has clear tone and is responsive to touch is absolutely essential.
The most expensive piano however is not necessary. When students start out, they will not know how to use that fine piano well. However, as students progress, changing to a better piano to develop listening skills and piano technique is quite common.
What makes a good piano?
Finding a good piano teacher is not easy, but not extremely hard as well. Ask students who have done well in exams or competitions. Ask to see if other students do well too and what they think of their teachers.
Finding a good teacher means a committed student can develop good technique and musicality and go a long way in learning piano. Many have discovered this so good teachers often have busy schedules.
If I have done my homework and have openings with a good teacher, I would take up available slots quickly.