How To Find The Right Piano Teacher In Singapore For Your Child?

Finding the right piano teacher in Singapore for your child is essential if you want your child to pass the piano exams easily. I am sure that your child wants to ace the piano exams, and you as a parent also do not want to keep repaying the exam application fees over and over again.

Here are some tips to help you ensure that you find the right piano teacher in Singapore for your child’s piano lessons in Singapore!

1. Find out your child’s learning style, and find a music teacher who can cater to that

For example, some children learn better when lessons are regimental. Some children follow instructions very well. On the other hand, other children feel heavily stifled in such an environment and perform worse. Therefore, you want to see which style of learning your child suits most. Make sure to communicate your child’s learning preference to the Singapore piano teacher agency you are engaging.

2. Are you fine with letting your child travel to the teacher’s home for piano lessons on the days you are not free?

If your child is very young, and needs to travel constantly to the teacher’s house to learn the piano, will you have a peace of mind? Sometimes, you are worried about your child when he or she travels to the piano teacher’s house. Even if you have a car, you may not be free all the time to fetch your child to the teacher’s studio. Additionally, you do not want to trouble the teacher and your child to change the lesson timing just because you are unavailable. I strongly recommend that you get a piano teacher in Singapore who is willing to travel to your house instead, so that it is much more convenient for your child to take piano lessons this way.

3. Does your child have any demographic preference for the type of teacher he or she wants to learn from?

There are some students or perhaps their parents who only want a female music teacher. If your child or perhaps you as a parent have a strong preference, make sure to make this preference known to the piano teacher agency so they can find you the right teacher.

4. Try to find a teacher who lives near your place

The reason for this is so that it won’t inconvenience your child’s piano teacher too much if there is a need to reschedule urgently. Additionally, you also want this so that the teacher feels more motivated to teach. Everyone is human, including your child’s piano teacher. Obviously, a teacher who lives in the same town as you and travels for 10 to 20 minutes to your location will be much more motivated to teach than a teacher who lives in Jurong West while you stay in Pasir Ris for example.

Most agencies and teachers will automatically only accept students who live relatively near them, but just in case, you want to notify the agency in advance about this. Always make sure to specify this to the agency.

5. Tell the teacher that you are looking for child piano lessons!

Some teachers only teach adults, some only teach children, and others teach anyone. Make sure to let the teacher know this upfront so that the teacher will not get a shock and reject you.

6. Tell the teacher if your child intends to take lessons for the purpose of graded examinations or casual piano playing

There are some teachers who specialize in teaching lessons for graded exams only. Few teachers specialize only in teaching casual playing. However, just to be safe, make sure to tell the piano teacher agency what your child wants to learn so that they can best convey the message.

Getting Sufficient Rest Can Improve Your Learning Of Piano

Let me share with you something fascinating that I have just found our recently about learning the piano. One always thinks that learning the piano and mastering it is simply about practice. However, did you know that you should also ideally get sufficient rest to truly master playing the piano? That is right. Let me share more about what I found out about this.

Over the last decade of so, there has been scientific researchers who actually took a close look at the brainwave patterns of volunteers. They looked at the patterns to see if there was correlation and/or causation between learning the piano and sufficient sleep/rest. These volunteers were taught a sequential finger-tapping task, which is highly similar to that of playing the piano.

During the first few nights of the research, all volunteers slept sufficient number of hours and had good rest. Their skills then improved drastically the next day.

However, on the 4th day, these same volunteers were taught and then suddenly woken up in the middle of the night with just 3 to 4 hours of sleep that night. It is found that the participants of the research was not able to get equally good improvements as the first few days. So why is that the case?

It has been found that this happened because the volunteers were not able to reach deep sleep during the last night. Muscle memory learning was not as efficient was the person was not able to get sufficient rest and sleep.

The results of the research clearly showed that participants performed much better when they had a good sleep.

‘The mechanisms of memory consolidations regarding motor memory learning were still uncertain until now,’ said

Study lead author Doctor Masako Tamaki, of Brown University in the United States, said that deep sleep enables the brain to consolidate learning. Distractions and new inputs are also far fewer when one is in deep sleep, so is able to consolidate learning better. Therefore, do not understand the importance of sleeping when it comes to mastering the piano. Even though they may sound unrelated, they are more related than you may think!