First of all, being a private piano teacher may be a little more complicated than most people think it may be. It feels as though you can simply submit a magical application and you will magically become a private piano teacher in Singapore and get music students. However, this is not the case in reality. This is because we are not talking about becoming a music teacher at a local piano public school. We are talking about becoming fully self employed and sustainable as a freelance private piano teacher in Singapore.
In this article, I will share with you proven tips and tricks to help you successfully become a private music teacher in Singapore and fulfill your childhood dream of being a pianist and a teacher at the same time! Of course, before even taking the following first step, you should at least have a Grade 8 ABRSM proficiency level or higher if you really want to make it a full time career eventually.
The first step you should take if you have already graduated from whatever school you came from, is to take a full time 9-6pm job which never requires additional hours beyond that e.g. jobs without overtime. This is so that you get an instantly stable source of income as you go out and look for piano students. Piano students do not come in on day one, and your family will start stressing you out unnecessarily and you will feel as though your finances are messed up if you do not already have a strong financial income per month. Therefore, just apply for a job, then move on to step 2. If you have not yet graduated from school, then do not apply for a 9-6pm job. Instead, just skip straight to step 2, because your parents (who probably are paying for your education) will not stress you out about making income right away.
The second step you should take is to start applying to piano teacher-student match up agencies. An example of it would be https://www.sglearnpiano.com/careers/. When you join such an agency, you will be able to get students according to your preference – e.g. the preferred locations, timings, days e.t.c. Of course, do not be unreasonable in your demands or you will be failing big time when it comes to being a private piano teacher in Singapore.
The third step you should take is to learn to ‘dumb’ down your instructions to your students. The best teachers are able to teach something extremely complicated in very simple terms. You should be able to explain piano lessons and concepts very easily to students. When students understand you easily, they learn better, perform better, stick with you as a student longer and make you more potential referrals. There is an extreme exponential effect when you have been a piano teacher for a few years and do the above exactly as I have told you to do so.