Taking Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons in Singapore

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. 

Click to read about my Graded Lessons and Diploma Lessons here.

Mid to Higher Grade Problems

Some mid to high grade students who practise diligently may run into common difficulties at the piano:

  • technique (unable to play fast notes or make a singing tone)
  • understanding the music (every piece is being played the same way)
  • note reading and rhythmic difficulty

These are common problems that should be addressed and resolved with the teacher. Good practice following teacher's instructions over several weeks or months should show improvement.

If you are working hard, following practice instructions and there's still no improvement over months, you may need another teacher to help you resolve issues.

Committed Students

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)

Committed students should do their best to find a good piano teacher as their chance for success is high when they are well-taught.  Good piano teachers usually cost slightly more and may mean travelling to the teacher's home.  However, it is well worth it to maximise learning potential and avoid running into learning difficulties and giving up as a result.

1. A Good Practice Piano

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?

2. A Good Piano Teacher

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.

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