Playing The Piano – Learn Online Or From A Local Teacher?

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If you are trying to master playing the piano, should you learn from online courses or should you actually engage a local piano teacher in Singapore from a website like

Here are some factors that you want to consider:

  1. Are you intending to eventually take the piano ABRSM examinations?

    It is strongly recommended that if your end goal is to pass the examinations, then you should learn from a local piano tutor. They will be able to guide you and teach you nuances which cannot be learnt from a simple online course. This is because feedback is a very important part of learning to play the piano – and that cannot be achieved from an online course.

  2. Are you want to learn to play the piano only for a particular occasion?

    Some people only want to learn to play a musical instrument for a one time event. It could be for a school event, work event or marriage proposal. In those cases, it would probably be far cheaper and sensible to simply practise on an electronic keyboard and buying an online course. Self study is definitely the way to go in this case.

  3. How fast would you like to master playing the instrument?

    If you are not in a hurry, then going for online courses can be a cheaper and better option. However, if you are in urgent need to master playing the piano, even if it is for a one time event, then learning from a local piano teacher is the better decision.

  4. Do you intend to teach music lessons and become a piano teacher in future?
    If so, then you definitely want to explore into the option of getting a piano teacher. It is important that you get all the fundamentals right from the start. If you pick up bad playing habits, it can get quite difficult to correct it once the habits have set.

How Much Do Private Piano Teachers In Singapore Really Make?

Before you become a full time piano tutor in Singapore, you want to make sure that it is a sustainable and rewarding career. If you have instead already made up your mind that you want to be one, then you can contact SG LEARN PIANO, a highly recommended online piano student-teacher match up agency to help you get home piano lesson jobs. At the end of the day, a career is meant to be financially rewarding, otherwise, it will be called a hobby and not a career.

So, how much can you expect to make as a piano teacher in Singapore?

There are both school teachers who are employed at music schools in shopping malls, as well as self employed home piano teachers. For the purpose of this article, let us only talk about the expected salary and income for self employed piano tutors in Singapore.

Are you willing to work every day?

Some people are lazy and want to take it slow. Some are hard charging. Do you intend to work daily if possible? If so, you will definitely make more money than your fellow piano teachers in Singapore because you have 30 days to make money per month versus just 22 days for others. So let us take for example that you are a hard charging individual and want to make a successful career out of teaching students piano lessons. You are ok with working 30 days a month.

Estimate of how many students you can take on

An average lesson is 1 hour in length, if you take 1 hour to travel between each student’s home, then each student will take you 2 hours. Assuming you can get 4 students per day and that you work for 8 hours, although 4 of them are just you travelling around Singapore, you will have approximately 28 students in total. This is because you work 7 days a week.

This is the estimated amount that an average private music teacher can earn

The average monthly charges for piano lessons per month per student in Singapore is around $210. This takes an average of $120 for grade 1 students up till $300 for grade 8 students. This means a whopping $5880 a month for you! That is of course with working 7 days a week. What if you intend to work 5 days a week instead then? That is still a very respectable $4200 a month income for you working as a private home piano teacher in Singapore.

Remember, there is no price for freedom.

Even highly paid employees at corporations are sometimes (regularly) made to feel worse than human slaves. Yet as a private piano tutor in Singapore, you set your hours, teach students you love, and then make a very decent income in Singapore! That is actually a big reason why many people are becoming piano tutors now. Additionally, thanks to Grab and previously Uber in Singapore, the gig economy is much more accepted socially now in Singapore, and is also seen as something sustainable and not a hobby! In fact, as you can see from our conservative projections above, it is pretty reasonable.

How To Properly Prepare For A Piano Exam

Passing your ABRSM piano exams on your first try and with distinctions is what every single music student in Singapore wants. Here are some tips to help you achieve that. If you are looking for a home piano teacher in Singapore, then click here instead.

First of all, you want to practise on your piano without using the pedals so that you can make sure that your finger playing is really connecting well. A lot of people depend too much on the pedals, and do not actually play the piano well. To the layman, it may all sound the same. However, for your piano exams and especially to a professional examiner, he or she will be able to easily spot such weaknesses which you are covering up. Therefore, always practise without using the pedals from time to time during your practice sessions.

Second of all, you want to play mentally. One of the best tricks to play the piano well and ace the ABRSM piano exams is to play the pieces away from the piano. This is because if you can conceptualise the music, the playing, the fingering, the pedal work and everything else without even moving your fingers and without looking at a keyboard, this means that you really know your scores. If you have your pieces and scales mastered to this level, you will be able to be very confident during your actual piano exam. Some people over-depend on muscle memory alone, and can run into trouble if they press one wrong key. Mishaps can happen to even the best concert pianists! But, if you can master your pieces and scales till this level for your exam, you are definitely at least the same level as professional pianists in this regard, and will be able to overcome any accidental mishits during your playing.

Third of all, before you even have your exam, make sure to play through your exams for your friends or family. Have the setting be comfortable but formal. For example, have your friends or family to sit next to you stoned-face and asking you to play. In fact, you can even ask them to be rude. When you are used to such harsh environments during your practice, nothing during the actual piano exam can throw you off your guard!

For more tips, make sure to refer to the following video which teaches you how to prepare for a piano exam!

How To Master Playing The Piano Quicker For SG Students!

Many Singaporean piano students lead a very busy and hectic lifestyle in Singapore. Whether you are a student or a working adult, you lead a busy life. Therefore, all the following tips are very easy to implement and specific to Singaporean pianists. The following tips will require minimal effort yet still help you become a master pianist!

First and foremost, get a piano teacher. The reason for this instead of trying to fully self learn is that you shortcut the learning curve. There is no doubt that you can master becoming a great pianist without a teacher. However, a teacher can help you navigate the difficulties and help you get there in less than half or even a quarter of the time! There are two ways you can get a piano teacher in Singapore. You can either go to a physical music school such as Yamaha or Cristofori or Lowrey or you can go to hire a private music teacher in Singapore from a piano teacher agency in Singapore such as SGLearnPiano or The Happy Pianist. With a piano teacher, you will need to experiment. The teacher will tell you exactly what to do and what not to do to become a great pianist. Click here to find out more about pricing for local lessons.

Second of all, it is more important to practise consistently than it is to practise intensely each time. What I mean is that you should not overkill during your practice sessions. You do not want to get overly excited and perform 5 hour practice sessions daily because it is your school holiday now, and then be unable to keep to the exact same schedule once your school or work starts. It is more important to think long term and keep each practice session short. You want to keep the piano practice sessions short enough such that you can play it regardless of the day throughout the entire year in Singapore. Think about the typical busy periods of your life. If you are a student in Singapore, how much can you practise during your school exam periods of busy project periods? If you are a working adult in Singapore, how much can you practise on the piano during the work busy crunch periods of the year? Make sure that you account for the busiest days, and work backwards. You want to practise every day. Keep the amount of time you practise the same, even if it means that it will be only 10 or 20 minutes each day.

Thirdly, due to most Singaporeans staying in either a HDB flat, an executive condominium or a condominium in Singapore, you will always have neighbours all around you. This means that if you are always busy in the day until evening, and can only practise at night, it may not be considerate. You could try putting on the dampers at night, but you will not be able to catch your playing mistakes easily. Therefore, I strongly recommend that all students in Singapore to actually get a silent piano. A silent piano is basically a piano which allows you to practise or play on it and listening to the actual musical tunes that comes from your playing directly through a earphone or headphone. This is ideal for learning and practising the piano in Singapore for local Singaporeans with our busy lifestyles.

So there you go, the above are three of my very best tips for helping Singaporean pianists become great ones. What do you think of the above tips? Let me know in the comment section below!

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