Becoming a piano teacher is always a fun thing when you are passionate about playing the piano, but are you truly ready and suitable to become a full fledged private home piano teacher in Singapore? Are you really ready for all the difficulties and problems and lifestyle that comes with it? Are you wanting to truly go down this path? Then read on as I share some of the common difficulties that many Singaporean piano teachers face; and if you can overcome them, then it’s perhaps in your life’s destiny to be a piano teacher in Singapore 🙂 Just like how I became one after I became a Singapore PR.
First of all, as a private piano teacher, you are essentially self employed. There are a lot of benefits and advantages as well as disadvantages when it comes to becoming self employed, so let us first target the hardest thing for local Singaporeans to overcome when it comes to becoming self employed first. When you become self employed, you lose income floor and ceiling. This means that for the first time ever (if you haven’t been self employed before), you are truly controlling your entire destiny in your hands. There is no one and nothing you can blame. You are entirely responsible for your life. If you can accept this, and not many people can, then you will be massively successful and at the same time, lead a fulfilling life as a private home piano teacher in Singapore. If you cannot, then do not become one, or you will be stressed out of your mind the first day.
Second of all, as a private piano teacher, you will likely need to work odd hours. This is because most music students in Singapore are school students, with only a few exceptions being adults. This means that most of your lessons will be in the late afternoon onwards till night. This is because that is the timing that most school students are available and at home for their music lessons. If you are the type that absolutely has to drink and hang out with your buddies or you will die or something, then do not become a piano teacher. Waste of time and you will end up poor, unhappy and making no money. This job is for those with a passion for teaching greater than trying to be popular with friends.
Third of all, are you passionate about teaching? Most people who want to become a piano teacher are great at playing the piano. However, as a teacher, teaching skills are equally, if not even more, important than your piano playing skills. As a teacher, you need to be firm and patient at the same time. It is a unique combination which not everyone has the right personality for. If you happen to have one, and are also ok with the top two points I mentioned above, then you may very well do exceedingly amazing as a private piano teacher in Singapore.