Signing up for music lessons alone is not enough, you have to attend lessons, commit to practice and also regularly pay fees. Piano lessons are different as they involve a relationship for a long term, especially depending on the interest and individual needs of the student. The lessons comprise development of listening skills, physical skills, reading, organizing, story-telling, writing, planning and performance skills. Thus, choosing a teacher is not simple as picking a toothpaste brand nor is it like getting a new pair of shoes. However, here are some important considerations to choose a teacher and to know that you expect.
Qualification and Education: Some teachers may have spent many years at a university level in studying music and may have acquired multiple diplomas and degrees in performance, music theory, piano teaching, composition and musicology. On the other hand, some teachers may never have taken any diploma, degree, not even a piano exam.
Performance experience: There may be teachers having concert giving experience and this includes having the highest profile in piano competitions in the world. They perform concertos in leading orchestras, while others experience is as collaborative pianists. Their experience may be as providing background music in shops or restaurants, playing for religious events or at the church services or being a band keyboardist. In fact, there may be piano teachers who never performed in any scenario.
Teaching Experience: The teaching may range from hundreds to over fifty thousand piano lessons being taught to students by some teachers, while some may have taught only twenty lessons to two or three students.
Local Cost of Living and Geography: Big cities piano lessons are expensive same as with any real estate. Fees charged are based on the fact that the teachers and their families survive in the same local economy.
Demographics: If there are demographically a lot of children willing to take piano lessons in the neighborhood, it may have an impact on the fees and demand for lessons.
Business Cross-subsidization: Many piano teachers now calculate their fees and do not consider the cost of delivering lessons. The lessons price must cover their service is their requirement and these costs are covered depending on the family budget than the results. Thus it affects the costs.
Teachers do not raise fees in a single year too much, so the fees charged by a teacher often is largely determined by that they have done the earlier year, such as + 2-3%, or may be + $1, or there may be no increase. On the other hand, if a teacher fails to raise fees for a long time they may realize they need a big jump to stay operational.
Word of Mouth/Reputation: Teachers are mostly recommended by others, by families, friends and neighborhoods. Busy teachers raise their fees that their own prospective students may feel the pressure. On the other hand, the struggling teachers trying to attract students keep their fees steady and much lower than the busy lots, aiming to have regular students and fees coming in.