What Is The Best Way To Find A Piano Teacher In Singapore?

There are various ways in which you can look for a music teacher. However, in this article, let me share with you the best way to find a piano teacher in Singapore.

Before I share with you what I think is the best way, let us look at the pros and cons of the various different methods you can use to find a music teacher in Singapore.

1. Finding a music teacher through friends’ or family’s referral

This is one of the most common ways people find a teacher. If you or your child, depending on who is the student, is able to connect well and learn from the referred teacher, this is one of the easiest ways to find one. The main downside to this method though, is that if you or your child does not like the teacher, or you do not know anyone who has learnt the piano before, then this method is completely unworkable. This is one of the ‘great or nothing’ method when it comes to finding a music tutor in Singapore.

2. Looking around on forums online

This is a popular method of looking for a teacher by parents who are Internet savvy and active forum users. How you go about doing this method is to simply log onto Singapore-based forums and then either browse through old threads to look for references and recommendations, or to post a new thread looking for a piano teacher. This is a possible method, but is far inferior to the first method.

First of all, you do not know if the reviews of the teacher is made up by the other forum poster, who could very well be operated by the teacher and then used to post positive reviews about himself or herself. Second of all, some of these threads are very old, and posted years or even a decade ago. Some of these teachers may even have changed line or are too busy with their current students that they cannot accept new students anymore.

As you can see, while looking online on forums for a teacher may sound like a feasible idea at the beginning, it is actually an absolutely terrible idea and method to look for a piano teacher in Singapore.

3. Looking at online directories

This is the absolute worst method I have ever encountered somebody in Singapore actually use to look for a piano teacher. It only has the bad points of method 2 as mentioned above, and none of the potentially good points. There are no reviews, nothing. Just a name and a number.

Avoid this method.

4. Looking for a teacher through a piano teacher agency in Singapore

This method is 2nd best if you know people who have learnt from great piano teachers and you or your child also likes the referred teacher. However, most people in Singapore do not actually know any teacher at all! Therefore, this is a great method.

This is because this matching service by agencies such asĀ SG-Learn-Piano or The-Happy-Pianist is usually free, or for a minimal admin fee – they usually charge the teachers a fee instead. Because they make money regardless of who they refer you, there is no incentive for them to refer you a bad teacher. This is because referring you a bad teacher will only cost them their agency’s reputation without any financial benefits for them.

The only main downside to this method is that it is heavily dependent on the service quality of the agency. If they are a reputable and ethical agency, then they will only always refer you the best teacher you can possibly find in Singapore.

As you can tell from the above methods, there are pros and cons. My opinion is that the best way to find a piano teacher in Singapore is to ask for a referral from a person you know who has learnt before and aced the piano exams. However, for those who do not know anyone who has, then the best method for you will be to go through a piano teacher agency in Singapore.

Piano Lessons In Singapore For Adults – Learning In Your 30s

Some people in Singapore are embarrassed about letting others know that they are intending to take piano lessons in Singapore as an adult. However, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you are learning in your 30s, you have some unique advantages that a child student does not have. If you are instead looking for a teacher for adult piano lessons, then check out Sg Learn Piano. But if not, read on.

Here are some of the benefits that you can get as an adult learner of the piano.

First of all, as an adult, learning the piano is definitely a conscious choice 100% dependent on you. Some child music students are actually only taking piano lessons because of their parents’ influence or demands. However, as an adult in your 30s, the only reason you want to learn piano is because you want to yourself. This means that you are much more passionate about learning the instrument. This passion means that you will stick to the grind and practise hard. Practice is key to success for mastering the piano. This means that you will find learning the piano a much more pleasant experience than some kids.

Second of all, as an adult, you will be able to grasp concepts much quicker and easier than young children do. Some concepts, in particular piano theory concepts, can be difficult to understand. As an adult, you will be able to breeze through these lessons versus a six year old for instance. As a result of that, you will be able to pick up the information taught in the piano lessons quicker. This also translates to you being able to move along the grades far quicker than a child learner would.

Third of all, while some would argue otherwise, I feel that a single adult who is not yet married and definitely without kids will definitely have a much freer schedule than any kind of student in a public school in Singapore. Look at the amount of activities a child in a public Singapore school has to go through – school academia, CCA, (forced) volunteer work, amid lots of homework even during the holidays. On the other hand, unless you are an investment banker or are a brain surgeon, you would probably be relatively free after your job and during the weekends. This means that you will not be as mentally tired as a child in Singapore. Keep in mind I am only referring to single adults in Singapore, not married ones or parents. You will have much more free time and mental capacity during the piano lessons to absorb and learn quicker. Additionally, you will have more time to practise on the piano as well, allowing you to become a better pianist in no time at all.

In a nutshell, learning piano and taking piano lessons in Singapore as an adult can appear daunting at first. However, upon deeper looking into the various important issues, you will quickly realize that it is a great idea.

Studying Piano Theory – Is It Actually Necessary?

Some people and students think that learning piano theory is unnecessary, and just a waste of time. Many people in Singapore who want to learn to play the piano think that only practical lessons are required to truly play the piano well. However, we beg to differ. Theory lessons are still valuable aspects of the entire learning process. Whether you end up picking a private piano teacher or a public music school, a good one will definitely encourage you to take up theory.

The following are some common reasons why it is so beneficial for your journey as a pianist to also learn piano theory.

First and foremost, when you learn theory, you will learn how to read music. Some students who do not bother learning theory may have trouble eventually with reading sheet music, but not for students who have studied music theory extensively.

Second of all, you will also be better able to communicate with other fellow musicians. When you understand the language of music, you will be able to better complete your rehearsals (for combined playing at the higher grades/Diploma e.t.c.) along with your companion.

Next of all, when you understand music theory as well on top of playing the piano, you will get an added advantage as you can better understand why certain chords are used in certain places, and vice versa. This usually means that you can play the piano piece more expressively and with more dynamics. This will help you sound better, and if you are taking the ABRSM piano exams in Singapore, you will also score better!

Last but not least, with piano theory knowledge, you will also be able to eventually compose your own piano song. This is definitely a cool thing to be able to do, and help you become far more than just a pianist. You can also work as a composer in future for music production companies or even movie production companies.

How To Play Piano By Ear – The Holy Grail Of Piano Playing

Are you a pianist in Singapore who’s impressed by your friends who can listen to a song and start playing it on the piano by ear? It feels almost magical to you if you do not know how to do it.

However, it really is simple. Just like how a beginner pianist can play piano chords and sound like a professional to the layman, the tricks to play piano by ear is not difficult if you know the tricks.

If you want to find a good piano teacher in Singapore to teach you how to do this (e.g. learning piano for leisure instead of passing the ABRSM exams), you can also find a good teacher from www.facebook.com/sglearnpiano/.

Here are their tricks.

Can You Make A Full Time Living In Singapore As A Piano Teacher?

Many of us in the music industry, and whom have learnt the piano when we were young developed a passion for it. However, is passion enough to keep you going? Can you make a full time income as a piano teacher in Singapore? Is it sustainable? Or is it just something to be treated as a hobby and part time thing? Let us explore some of these burning questions that many potential piano teachers in Singapore have.

Firstly, it depends on how much money you deem as ‘full time income’. Some people treat it as $2000. Others treat it as $6000. However, for the purpose of this article, we will look at the median salary of graduates in Singapore, which is $3000 to $4000. So if you want to match the salary, while truly being your own boss and be a private piano teacher in Singapore, we will need to consider certain factors.

An ABRSM piano grade 1 student will pay you around $120 to $140 per month for weekly 45 minute lessons, and a grade 8 student will pay you around $300 per month for weekly 1 hour piano lessons. This means an average of around $200 per month per student. With this average, to make $3500 a month, you will need approximately 18 students.

Let us just say that you only want to work for 5 days a week instead of all 7 days. This means you will need to teach around 4 students a day. As each lesson is around 1 hour long, and you will need to travel around to teach the various students, each music student including travelling time will be around 2 hours.

This means you work for approximately 8 hours a day, for 5 days a week and you will be making between $3500 to $4000. Keep in mind, as you are self employed, all of these cash will be yours to control (other than the legally taxable part). You will have as much cash per month as a person making around $4500 to $5000 a month because they need to make mandatory CPF contributions as a normal employee.

So in terms of the money, you definitely can make a full time income as a private piano teacher in Singapore. Of course, you will need to get a steady flow of students, as no matter how good you are, there will be some students who will graduate from Grade 8 or Diploma level, or simply stop learning entirely. If you are considering a full time or part time job as a self employed music teacher in Singapore, then consider applying to a private piano teacher-student agency in Singapore to get yourself kickstarted and have a steady inflow of students so you never need to worry about getting enough students! Of course, you also need to be a good teacher while they take care of your marketing otherwise you will not get many students as they will be afraid of recommending to you if you are a bad teacher.

Private Piano Lessons Vs Public Music Schools – Which Is Better?

Should you get a private piano teacher to teach your child in the comfort of your home or should you send your child to public music schools in Singapore like Yamaha or Kawai for Singapore piano lessons? Which is the better choice in terms of quality as well as prices? Let me share with you some of the points you may want to consider.


Let us talk about prices. when it comes to prices, there is no question about it. Private piano lessons are far cheaper than school, and the biggest reason for that is that private piano teachers have barely any overhead expenses other than travelling and their past investment in their own piano playing proficiency.

Schools charge a lot for their students because you will need to cover their rental and administrative staff overhead costs. These do not come cheap – especially the rental in Singapore’s shopping malls for these schools. These schools usually also rent quite a big area, so their rental costs are high and has to be covered.

Teachers’ Qualifications

This is actually equally good as long as you verify their credentials. This is because private piano teachers and teachers who teach at a public music school in a shopping centre are usually certified ABRSM grade 8 or Diploma or they have a Trinity College certificate. Therefore, as long as you learn in Singapore, and ask for verification proof, the teachers have good qualifications

Quality Of Teaching

Of course, the quality of teaching is not necessarily correlated nor linked to the teacher’s music academic qualifications. This is about the teacher’s ability to teach.

There is no real way to say for sure if a private teacher or a school teacher will be better at teaching, so there is usually an element of chance here. However, if you find the teacher not good, make sure that you can easily get another teacher through the private piano teacher agency or the music school in Singapore. That way, you negate this point.


If you stay in a condominium above a shopping mall which has a public music school, then going to the music school can be considered quite convenient. However, if you do not stay in such a condominium, you will probably find it very inconvenient to send your child to and fro from the public music school if he or she is still young. Even if he or she is older, you may be worried about him or her when travelling.

On the other hand, if you get a private teacher to give piano lessons to your child in the comfort of your home, then life can be very easy for you as a parent as well as for your child. Of course, this means that you should get lessons in your home, and not send your child to the teacher’s studio – otherwise this defeats the purpose and is the same as send your child to a public music school in terms of level of convenience.

As you can see from the above, it really is about what you value more. At the end of the day, teachers from both public music schools and private piano teachers in Singapore are all relatively decent. Whether they can click with your child you will only know after you engage them.

Will Piano Lessons Boost Up Your Child’s Studies At School?

As a kiasu Singaporean parent, you are likely concerned if piano lessons will help improve your child’s results in Singapore’s schools. The short answer is YES. If you want the long answer, see the following.

First of all, you should not be asking your child to learn the piano purely for the sake of improving his or her school academic results. A child will not be able to truly master playing the piano, and improve all around if he or she absolutely hates playing the piano. That is the equivalent of asking an adult to do a job he or she absolutely hates. Sure, he or she can do it, but he or she will do terrible in the long run. Therefore, you want to first make sure that your child loves music and playing the piano, so that the following effects I am going to share with you will be amplified.

Second of all, if your child is passionate about music and learning to play the piano, then he or she will put in a lot of effort in mastering playing the piano. When your child practises playing the piano instrument a lot, what will happen is that due to the nature of the skill, he or she has to move fingers on both or his or her hands independently yet still coordinate with each other and therefore workout both parts of the brain at the same time. This is something that people do not commonly do on any given day. Have you heard of the saying that people who are left handed tend to be more creative while right handed people tend to be better at arithmetic related subjects? However, when your child learns the piano, he or she will be using both hands and working both parts of the brain, working out both his or her logical and creative side. Not only that, multiple studies have shown that learning a musical instrument such as the piano will increase the amount of grey matter in a child’s brain, and this effect is more pronounced the younger the child starts to learn to play the piano instrument. Therefore, if your child already intends to learn the piano, then give him or her the music lessons as soon as possible, and as young as possible! You may be able to increase both your child’s logical and creative mind, as well as improve his or her IQ. This means that learning the piano can have profound, beneficial impacts on his or her grades in Singapore’s schools – in both linguistic and arithmetic classes!

Third of all, because your child will need to learn to recognize the various different tones and sounds, he or she will also generally do better at language classes in Singapore’s schools than his or her classmates with no music background.

As you can see from the above, learning a musical instrument such as the piano can truly help your child boost up his or her studies at school. This is very useful, especially in academia driven Singapore.