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Music School Vs Private Lesson – Which Is Better In SG?

If you are thinking of enrolling your child in piano lessons, you must be considering between sending your child to a local music school at a nearby shopping centre in Singapore, or to get a private piano teacher to go to your house to teach your child.

Here are some considerations you may want to go through before making a final decision by yourself.

First of all, piano lesson costs. Music schools always charges more to their students because they need to cover for the rental and administrative charges as well. As a result, you will be overpaying when it comes to the music schools. If price is a big concern for you, then private music lessons are better.

Second of all, do you want regimental lessons for your child or a customised learning experience for him or her? If you want fixed lessons just like public schools regardless of learning speed, then sending him or her to a music school is a better idea. However, if your child learns significantly faster or slower than others, then it is a much better idea to get your child private piano lessons in Singapore instead.

Third of all, do you have a lot of free time or a maid to bring around your child? Most parents start their kids in piano lessons very early on, and if your child is too young, it is recommended to get home lessons instead. This is because your child will then already be in an environment he or she is comfortable with, and be more open to piano lessons, and able to focus on the lessons instead of being scared of an unfamiliar environment. This way, with private home piano lessons, your child will be able to learn to play the piano much quicker than if he or she went to a music school – and effects are even more pronounced the younger your child currently is.

Have you made your decision? Good.

If you want to send your child to a music school in Singapore, then Yamaha and Cristofori are usually the hot choices among parents in Singapore. If you want to look for a private piano teacher in Singapore for your child’s music lessons, then Sglearnpiano is a popular agency choice.

1 Trick To Master Piano ABRSM Exam Pieces For SG Students

First of all, many students ask me how do I master piano songs so quickly and play them so well. Well, the truth is, I do have a secret, and I am about to share that secret with you right now. Please note the following secret is only specific to local Singaporean students. If you are from another country and reading this, it probably will not apply for you.

Singaporean piano students are usually school children who are still in their primary or secondary years in terms of academia. This means that they have a lot of lessons and exam pressure when it comes to their school as well.

The big difference between Singapore and Sweden (where I came from) is that the education system in Singapore is ridiculously vigorous academically. This system almost feels caste like, and groups students into top students (e.g. those who enter top secondary schools), mid-performance students (e.g. those who enter schools which require PSLE scores of 200 to 240), and low-performance students (e.g. those who enter schools which accept PSLE scores of lower than 200).

Thankfully, a piano student’s skill and mastery is not determined by his or her academic results.

However, I still mentioned about Singapore’s school system because it has a very important implication to local piano students in Singapore.

Piano students in Singapore are usually also affected by their experiences in school, and therefore are quite perfectionist when compared to students of any other country (e.g. Sweden). Students in Sweden tend to finish the entire piano piece first, and get a grasp of the whole ABRSM piano examination piece before drilling into the nitty gritty thing. Therefore, even with minor mistakes during the examinations, they are able to perform well as they can grasp the feel of the entire song and bring out the personality of the song. However, this is not the case with Singaporean students.

Singaporean students are usually too perfectionist, and tend to want to hit every single note correctly. This is great, unless it also interferes with a piano student’s ability to capture the essence and personality of the song! Reality has it that most Singaporean students (who are almost always perfectionists) let it get in the way of fully understanding and playing the piano piece to its full personality. This results in a dry and plain sounding piano song, which is fundamentally correct, but has no emotions. This will not get the student a high score in the piano ABRSM exams!

Instead, the biggest trick for Singaporean students to master the piano examination pieces is to first let go of all external expectations of a perfectly, technically played song. Instead, bring out the emotion of the song, and play it with emotions, without worrying too much about mistakes in the pressing of the notes. After that is completely grasped, then one should move into the technical aspects and hitting 100% right notes.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the secret to scoring better in the piano ABRSM exams for Singaporean students.

You could also watch the video below to understand more.