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.

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.