Should You Become A Full Time Private Piano Teacher In Singapore?

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.

3 Hidden Benefits Piano Lessons Can Bring Your Child

If you are a concerned and kiasu parent in Singapore – good news! Here are three hidden benefits that taking piano lessons can bring your child over your neighbor’s children.

First of all, by taking piano lessons, your child will be able to improve his or her IQ. This effect is more pronounced the younger your child starts taking music lessons. This is found to be the case in many researches which shows very high correlation between IQ and kids who take piano lessons since a young age. Especially in Singapore, where academia is seemingly so important, and general IQ is also extremely important, sending your child to take music lessons would seem like a total no brainer. He or she will be able to breeze throughout school and not cause you nor himself or herself stress.

Second of all, learning to play the piano will also improve hand eye coordination. While typing on a computer will also improve hand eye coordination, and playing sports will help improve too, there is nothing quite like playing the piano. This is because when it comes to e.g. basketball, all your child has to do is to look at the hoop and throw the ball. However, playing the piano can be very complicated – not at the hands, but at interpreting the scores. There are many notes your child must press on at the same time, with different hand positions for both the left and right hands, and he or she must also interpret the sharps and flats on the piano score accurately.

Third of all, learning to play the piano will teach your child perseverance. Mastering a difficult piano song is not easy, and patience is important. However, one also needs a sense of urgency when it comes to learning the piano, otherwise difficult songs will never be mastered even after many months. Therefore, your child will learn to have a sense of urgency mixed with patience, and learn a lot about perseverance when taking piano lessons, especially at the advanced levels where songs can be really difficult to master.