You love interacting with students and passing your skills as a pianist on to them. This is how you know that you’d love it if teaching piano were to become your main activity.
So you’re now looking to become a piano teacher with a regular clientele.
Did you know that the piano is one of the most popular instruments?
According to a poll conducted in 2015, 26% of Americans prefer the piano to all other instruments, while 27% prefer the guitar.
Further investigation shows that 10% of people polled already knew how to play the piano.
How do you give lessons and succeed in this context?
Superprof will reveal, in this article, everything you need to know to properly set yourself up to become a piano teacher, whether it’s private lessons in the home or at a music school.
There are no rules in terms of the skill level required to become a keyboard teacher: any adult can call themself a teacher and help educate aspiring musicians.
Becoming a piano teacher doesn’t usually require you to have a degree in music.
However, giving private piano lessons inherently means that you need to have a higher certification than your students. Moreover, you need to be able to adapt to the levels of your students.
To insure you’re capable of this, as a private teacher you’ll need to:
As Gustave Flaubert once said, with some irony: “Mestro: an Italian word meaning pianist.”
To become a piano teacher, you’ll need to master your own skills and artistry as a pianist.
Teachers at the highest level teach in a few different places:
Beneath these high-level positions are many other opportunities for piano teachers:
With 26% of Americans preferring the piano to all other instruments, and only 10% with any ability to play, that leaves a large number of potential students who might take piano lessons with you.
Setting the price: this is often the greatest challenge. You need to be aware of the competition, which can help you situate yourself among the numerous piano teachers.
Setting the price for your classes is not an easy thing to do.
You should know that the cost of an hour-long piano lesson ranges from $40 to $100, on average. But a variety of different factors can cause the price to go up or down.
Some of these factors influencing the price you set for piano lessons are as follows:
The art of setting the price of piano lessons comes down to knowing how to balance price and quality: don’t scare away students and don’t fail to meet their expectations.
There are four main ways to find students to teach piano to.
Eager students are out there waiting.
Start with word of mouth.
It’s the best way to have your friends and family help spread the word about your lessons within their own social networks. Mobilize everyone you know.
Social networks offer excellent platforms for sharing this kind of information. Accumulate likes on Facebook and you’ll become more visible.
This way, you’ll stake a claim to your territory.
The second tool people generally use is creating a personal website to advertise your offerings.
Be aware that it costs money for domain hosting (around $50 a year), and that it’ll be wasted money if you don’t know anything about search engine optimization (SEO), and that you’ll need to update the site regularly to increase visibility.
But it’s a great form of communication and presentation to people wanting to learn to play the piano. Why not post simplified sheet music excerpts from the “Turkish March” or “Letter for Elise.”
You can also introduce your teaching method: visitors to your site need to be able to see themselves as future students, and be convinced of your educational know-how.
If you’re no Internet expert, there are other ways to canvass the landscape:
Indicate your experience on the piano and what you offer (understanding music theory, reading music, jazz piano lesson, improvisation, classical, etc.)
There you are, you’ve found your first students. Now, how do you prepare for the first session?
It’s your first meeting at your student’s home and you’ll need to assess their level. Here is how to structure your piano lessons.
Well organized piano lessons will enable your students to take steps to be better players.
Do they understand the basics of theory, piano chords, can they read the music? What style of music do they want to work on?
The first thing to do is evaluate their abilities. Is this the first time they’re taking a piano lesson or have they already had the opportunity to learn certain pieces of information (theory, rhythm) in other classes?
Come prepared with lots of sheet music for the piano, some simple and some complex, to see what they’re capable of playing.
Once their skill level is apparent, organize your piano lessons:
Whether you’ll be a jazz piano teacher or one of all styles of music, it’s important to be patient and listen to your students’ needs. It’s the foundation of any good exchange and enables an understanding to develop between you, to create a good student-teacher relationship.
To make in-home piano lessons more successful, choosing the appropriate supporting educational materials is a must. Look at the online tutoring jobs and courses: the Bernachon method is an excellent site to help students perfect their play for free.
Using an adapted method — from guitar lessons, for example, or drum or violin lessons — allow you to give fun and innovative lessons to your students.
If there are persistent disagreement, try changing your approach to that student or settle the dispute: don’t forget that the student is your livelihood.
Quarterly assessments your students’ capabilities will allow you to highlight the progress that’s been made: it’s the little black book of your piano lessons, and tracking these things enables students to climb to the next level (playing a variety of styles, like jazz, or reading more complex sheet music), and helps them overcome stubborn obstacles.
There you have it, you have all the information you need to give high-quality piano lessons. To your keyboards!