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How Much Can You Make As A Piano Teacher In Singapore?

If you ever wanted to consider becoming a piano teacher in Singapore, you would definitely have been considering how much income you can bring in as a private piano teacher in Singapore providing music lessons. This is a short article which will share with you what an average music teacher in Singapore who is attached to an agency like ours can expect to make.

First of all, let us take a look at the common rate that most private piano teachers in Singapore charge for their music lessons. Most teachers charge on a per month basis, assuming that month has 4 lessons. Lessons are generally speaking 45 minutes for ABRSM grade 4 and below, and increases to 60 minutes for ABRSM grade 5 and above lessons. Lessons are generally $130 to 150 per month per student for the lowest grades, and reaches approximately $280 per month for grade 8. This means an average of around $200 per month per student for 4 weekly lessons. This means that if you had 5 students a day, for 7 days a week, you will have 35 students per month, and make an average of a whopping $7000 per month! This is more than many doctors and lawyers and you get to plan your own schedule and life. How much better is this??

Second of all, do note that the amount of students that you can have is limited by your traveling time. This is because most private music lessons are conducted at the student’s home, and not at the teacher’s studio. Therefore, you will need to factor in traveling time when it comes to calculating how many students you can have per month. Therefore to get as many students as possible so that you can increase your earnings as a private piano teacher in Singapore, you want to work with an agency so that they can easily allocate students to you who stay near your location so that you can teach more students within a shorter period of time due to less traveling time required.

Third of all, if you are a Diploma teacher, you may also be able to charge slightly higher prices than e.g. an ABRSM Grade 8 teacher. This means that if you already have intention to take the piano Diploma, then you should definitely do it if becoming a private piano teacher in Singapore is also a potential consideration you are thinking about.

Can Being A Pianist Give You An Edge To Enter Universities?

As the title goes, will learning how to play the piano and being professionally accredited for it by ABRSM give you an advantage in university applications? This is definitely a question that many Singaporean parents will be very interested to know the answer to, especially considering how much focus Singaporean employers put on the academic achievements.

Did you know some companies may hire people with less academic qualifications in other neighboring countries, but these same companies only hire people with high academic qualifications for the exact same job if it were in Singapore? Entering a university and coming out with a great degree is still very important as of the date of writing this article in 2018 in Singapore.

So let us first look at how universities decide on which applicants to accept, and which applicants to reject.

All top universities pay very close attention to university ranking tables. Universities all want to be ranked highly so that they can charge higher fees for their school programs, and still have increased demand due to increased prestige of being able to graduate from there. This means that the colleges have an incentive to manipulate the application shortlisting process so as to improve their university ranking.

Did you know that while A level results alone takes up an extremely large criteria of deciding whether you or your child can enter college, there are factors other than that? If you are perplexed by this, let us look at a truly simple example. If 10,000 applicants applied for the same course, and 1000 of them have the exact same A level score, and there is only 900 spaces for the school, how is the school supposed to weed out the remaining 100 people who cannot enter? It certainly is not by luck, and additionally, some universities in Singapore do not even have an interview process, so there is definitely an extra factor right here.

In such cases, students with extra qualifications such as piano qualifications were offered places. This is especially true if the applicant had performed at a professional setting before on top of being formally ABRSM certified. This will definitely help the applicant to enter the university much easier. If you are an exceptional sports man, it definitely helps too, however, it is definitely much harder to become an exceptional sports athlete, as it requires talent. However, with the piano, hard work alone can help you become a very good pianist.

Also, if you are a great pianist with professional credentials, which can be quite common in local Singapore JCs, you may even be able to enter a local Singapore university even if you miss the academic A level cut slightly.

Because of this, you should definitely enroll your child or yourself into university; of course other than the many research results which showed that piano lessons will also improve a child’s school results! This is especially the case if the learner is young as room for development is much stronger and greater. There is no excuse not to learn the piano if you and your child are living in Singapore!

Should You Be A Private Piano Teacher? Full Pros & Cons

If you are considering becoming a private piano teacher in Singapore, then read on for an indepth analysis of this potential career choice you want to make.

As a Singaporean, you are probably worried about the following things being a teacher providing piano lessons in SG:
– Job security
– Starting income
– Income growth/potential
– Number of working hours
– Flexibility of location

I will provide an indepth explanation about each and every single one of the above important factors.

First of all, job security – the number one thought on many Singaporean minds. As a private piano teacher, you are actually self employed. You may work with an agency like ours, but at the end of the day, you are never someone else’s employee, and you are self employed. This means that you do not even have an ‘official’ job in the first place as you do not have a boss. You get clients through agencies such as SGLEARNPIANO.COM and you are then self employed as your own full time or part time piano teacher job. As a result of this, you can never be fired. As long as you continue working with an agency that keeps providing you with students, and work hard to provide students a great learning experience, you will never go hungry ever. Nobody will be able to fire you, even if they wanted to! How awesome is that?

Second of all, let us talk about starting income. This is one of the main bad things about being self employed. Starting income always starts from $0 until you can get at least one customer. Therefore, it is crucial that if you are planning to step into this route of becoming a private piano teacher in Singapore, that you start joining an agency and start getting students before you even graduate from whatever school or Polytechnic you are currently studying at. Do NOT start after you have graduated. The stress that Singaporean parents will place on children for not finding a job right after graduation is insane. You will give in to it sooner or later and give up on your dreams of becoming a private piano teacher forever. Don’t let others rob your dream. Start WHILE YOU ARE STILL IN SCHOOL – this is the best way to already generate $2000 to $3000 per month right upon graduation. This way, you are at least on par with your other school mates but you are self employed and do not need to report to a stupid office!

Third of all, let us discuss about income potential and income growth for a private piano teacher in Singapore. Unless you specialize in a home studio, most private music teachers in Singapore travel to their student’s home. As traveling takes time, you need to account for more than necessary time required to remain safe and be punctual for your students’ lessons. Try to pick students who are close to where you live for maximum productivity. As most lessons in Singapore is a maximum of one hour in length, and traveling is approximately half an hour, each student will take up one and a half hour of time per day. This means you will be able to teach 6 students a day if you were to work 9 hours a day. An average student who learns once a week pays you around $130 to $300 a month, making it an average of around $200 a month. Multiplying 7 days in a week by 6 students a day, that is a total of 42 students. This means that you can make up to a whopping $8400 a month!!! This is over $100,000 a year in CASH. As a self employed person (at least as of the date of this article), you only need to contribute to Medisave portion of the CPF. As taxes in Singapore is relatively low, you can take back around $85.000 to $95,000 a year! You make more money than almost all accountants, doctors, engineers and lawyers!

Next of all, let us talk slightly more about working hours which was already briefly mentioned in the above paragraph. Working hours are entirely decided by you. Of course, if you are driven, single and ambitious, then you can pick up around 6 students a day, for 7 days a week to bring home a whopping 6 figures income and impress all your friends and family members who looked down on you when you first embarked on this journey. Wait till they see your car which they cannot afford 😉 However, as you are essentially self employed, you can choose to work only part time and have perhaps one to three students a day while working a full time job. The possibilities are endless, as you are self employed, and each student takes up only one hour of your time while providing you with an endless stream of income! You are paid an average of nearly $50 per hour teaching private piano lessons in Singapore.

Finally, let us discuss about the flexibility of working/’office’ location. As a private music teacher, you will be able to decide where you want to teach – in your own home or at the student’s home. In fact, if you work with an agency, you can even decide if you only want to teach students near to your home, so that reschedules and traveling will not affect you as much as if the student’s home was really far from your place. This makes teaching and your career a breeze.

How SG Students Can Score Better For Piano Aural Exams

There are namely 3 parts to any piano ABRSM examinations, and they are the theory part, and practical exam which is broken down into the playing part and the aural part. Most Singaporean students do very well in the theory examinations because studying is what they did their whole life. However, the aural examinations is a common weak segment of the piano ABRSM examinations for local Singaporean students. Here are some tips to help you (if you are a SG piano student) with your aural exams!

First of all, practise singing in awkward situations. Yes, it feels really awkward if you’re standing right in front of your parents and it’s silent everywhere else and you start singing or humming to the piano tune. It certainly feels ridiculously awkward. However, if you are able to do this, chances are, you will not feel awkward in front of your examiner. Do not attempt this practice with your friends, because most people like to sing randomly in front of their friends, but almost never do so in front of their parents. You want to feel so awkward during practice, that you feel natural during the piano exams.

Second of all, sing it out loud and ignore everyone. “Easier said than done!” is what a lot of students tell me when I teach them this advice. However, they are all wrong. The key is that you have probably only read that I told you to ‘ignore everyone’ without reading the first part – singing OUT LOUD! Yes that is right. When you sing so loud, you actually tend to feel less awkward. It may sound odd, but the truth is, sometimes you have probably randomly sang a song in public or in the house super loudly without caring what anyone thinks about you. You want to practise this. Similar to point number one in the above paragraph, the number one reason most Singaporean students do not do well in the ABRSM aural segment is due to conservatism and self imposed embarrassment.

Third of all, record yourself. Most piano students actually can sing quite well, because they are also able to hear the piano tone (when they are playing the piano) and know whether it is correct or wrong. Some Singaporean students underestimate their singing ability, simply because they have not actually heard themselves from a recorded playback. Most people sound different when singing to themselves. The only accurate way to judge your own singing is by recording it using a voice recorder (most phones in 2018 have them anyway) and then playback. This way, you find out your mistakes and correct it until you feel very confident over time!

If you are looking for a good music teacher in any part of Singapore, then make sure to fill up our student form here and we will do our best to find you a suitable teacher for FREE! We do NOT add mark ups nor charge students anything. It’s a completely free service for you.

If you are a passionate music teacher in Singapore who read this post because you want to learn how to help your students improve in their aural segment of their ABRSM exams, then we want to work with you! Contact us here for music teacher jobs in Singapore.

Hire A Private Piano Teacher Through An Agency – Pros & Cons

Here are some pros and cons you need to know if you are intending to hire a private piano teacher through a website or a music teacher agency.

Here are some cons:

  • Some agencies can take multiple days just to respond to your enquiry. If you are not in a hurry, that is ok, but this is still quite annoying, especially when you need to follow up with them for something urgent.
  • There are a number of agencies online on Google, however, some of them are operated only by part time business owners. This means that if you bump into such an agency, you will take very long to get any response to any question you may have. Therefore, it is partly dependent on luck if you manage to find an agency (hint hint: like ours) which is operated by full time working staff for you.

Here are some pros:

  • You get the advantage of choice between many different independent music teachers in Singapore to choose from, although usually one is allocated to you based on your requirements and demands. If you tried to engage a teacher by yourself, you gain only access to that one piano teacher’s contact. However, if you approach us, we can help you find many good teachers, and match you up with the best teacher of them all.
  • It is increasingly harder to find piano teachers on your won. This is because if you do not have friends or family members who know piano teachers, you may find it difficult to get recommendations. However, most piano teachers also work with agencies, hence you are well poised to find a good teacher through an agency instead.
  • You don’t actually get any mark ups. Agencies’ services are always free for students or parents looking for teachers for their children. They only charge the teachers. Whatever rate that is quoted to you is the actual rate that the teacher will charge, even if you had found the teacher through some classified ads by yourself.
  • A good agency verifies their teacher’s certifications e.t.c., and sorts through the various music teachers and only works and matches up students with the best piano teachers.

Here’s a big final tip that you should know if you are hiring a private piano teacher through an agency: most teachers find their students through agencies, and the agencies simply represent the teachers they have in their database. The goal is to make sure that whichever agency you approach, they first look at what you want, what you need, and then recommend based on that. If an agency straightaway pushes you a particular teacher without figuring out your needs or wants, you can be rest assured that is an unethical agency. A good agency will take the efforts to find out your interests for the student, before providing a suitable recommendation based on location/teacher/grade requirements e.t.c.

If you truly want to engage a good teacher through Singapore’s top rated agency, then contact us here today.

How Piano Lessons May Improve Your Child’s Academic Results

Having your child go for piano lessons has benefits far beyond that of just being able to play the music instrument. Taking piano lessons and mastery of the piano has been linked to improvement in the amount of grey matter in a person’s brain. And, the more grey matter a child has in his mind, the more likely it is that the person has a greater IQ.

Do you know what important implication this means for parents in Singapore? Instead of being a typical kiasu parent that sends their children to 20 different tuition classes, just send him or her to tuition classes for his or her 1 to 2 weaker subjects, and then send him or her to piano lessons instead!

Remember, if your child is good at math as a result of you sending him or her to regular math tuition, it does not mean that your child will be good at other subjects. This also does not mean that your child will be smarter, he or she will at most become book smart!

However, if you send your children for piano classes, what happens is that your child will potentially become smarter – and many studies have shown high correlation between piano students and smarter students. If your child is smarter, not only will he or she perform better in most subjects in school, he or she will also perform very well in future as well regardless of his or her career path! This is because being smart is always a good thing, no matter what your child wants to be in future.

Sending your child for piano lessons in Singapore is always a good choice if you want your child’s academic performance to improve, and his or her future career to be great!

If you are looking for a piano teacher agency to help your child look for his or her ideal piano teacher, then make sure to contact us today!

What Is The Best Age To Learn The Piano In Singapore?

A lot of potential music students ask us this question, “Am I ready to learn the piano? Should I learn it now? Or did I miss my chance already when I was a kid?”

The answer is – there are really only two ages in which you should start learning the piano. Surprise! I did not give the cliché answer that the best age is any age. That is because the truth is, not all ages are suitable to learn the piano instrument in Singapore.

The first age that is ideal for a potential music student to learn the piano is when he or she is still schooling. This is because when a child is still schooling in Singapore, he or she usually does not have any financial responsibilities now and is only responsible for scoring well in his or her school examinations. Playing the piano and taking piano lessons require hefty financial investments in both the teacher and the piano. Therefore, it is more relaxed for a child to learn the piano since all he or she needs to do is to learn, and no need to worry about the financial end. Also, playing the piano is correlated to improved IQs, therefore, this means your child can potentially score better in his or her school!

The second age that is ideal is when you are financially stable. This age varies from person to person, as some people make a lot more money or have lots of assets pumping out cash flow for them at younger ages, while others only at older ages. However, it is great to learn the piano and take music lessons when you are financially stable. While it is great in theory to pursue your passion, this is an economical world run by money. Therefore, you also want to make sure that your finances are firm and stable before investing in learning the music instrument.

How Much Do Private Piano Lessons Cost In Singapore?

Congratulations on deciding to become a pianist or having your child be a pianist! Taking piano lessons in Singapore has lots of benefits – first of all, piano lessons are relatively cheap in Singapore. Secondly, piano lessons improve a person’s IQ which is great for academic performance. Last but not least, at least in Singapore, learning to play the piano makes you appear more cultured and sophisticated.

Piano lesson fees vary a fair bit. This is because it is dependent on whether you want to take casual piano lessons or for the purpose of passing the ABRSM graded piano examinations. When it comes to casual piano lessons, most teachers usually charge a fixed rate over the years, and only account for inflation. For example, when it comes to casual private lessons in Singapore, most teachers charge between $150 to $250 per month for 4 lessons.

However, when it comes to music lessons for the piano ABRSM examinations, then the rates will differ and increase over the years based on the grade you are taking now. Grade 1 lessons are generally around $120 to $140 for 4 lessons a month, and increases up till around $300 to $350 a month for four grade 8 music lessons.

Here is a quick view at the rates that many local private piano teachers in Singapore charge in table format so that it may be easier for you to understand:

Piano Grade – Duration per Lesson – Lesson Fees
Beginners – 45 mins – $130 to $160
One – 45 mins – $140 to $170
Two – 45 mins – $150 to $180
Three – 45 mins – $160 to $190
Four – 45 mins – $170 to $200
Five – 60 mins – $190 to $240
Six – 60 mins – $200 to $260
Seven – 60 mins – $220 to $280
Eight – 60 mins – $240 to $320
Diploma – 60 mins – $280 to $400

Do note that not all teachers teach all kinds of lessons. Some only want to specialize in teaching kids, while others only want to teach adults. However, most teachers teach kids as they are the majority of students in Singapore.

At our agency, we have teachers who specialize in ABRSM exams, and they follow a proven system with strong regimentation to help students get through the ABRSM exams easily. However, we also have other music teachers who specialize in helping students who want to master pop songs, and simply share the love of piano and music with the rest of the world. These lessons are much more relaxed, and malleable in nature to suit casual piano students in Singapore. It all really depends on what the students want. Additionally, private lessons are much cheaper than that of school lessons, simply because the teachers have no overheads to cover, and therefore no need to charge students for that.

Private Piano Teachers vs Music Schools – Which Should You Pick?

If you are wanting to take piano lessons in Singapore, and are not sure if you should decide on hiring a private home piano teacher to teach you in the comfort of your home, or to go to the local music school near you in Singapore, then read on.

First of all, if you already have a piano at home, then the answer is a no brainer. You must engage a private piano teacher logically. Not only do private piano teachers charge a lower price, they are able to teach you on your piano in your home. This means that lessons are conducted using your piano, and this essentially allows you to get used to your own piano! Also, why waste extra money going to a music school if you already have invested in a piano for whatever reason(s)? It is already sitting in the comfort of your home, why not use it?

Second of all, if you do not have your own piano, then the answer is more tricky. There are three ways to go around it. Are you willing to buy your own piano? If so, then look at the above paragraph. If you are not willing to buy anytime within the next 1-2 years, then read on. You will then likely need to learn at a private piano teacher’s home or at a music school. Since this requires you to leave the comfort of your home, and you need to practise on someone else’s piano anyway, then price and the quality of the teacher is important. In such a case, most students will then pick the public music school such as the local Yamaha or Cristofori classes at the nearest shopping mall. However, you need to ask yourself… are you really wanting to learn and master the piano? Because you will definitely need a piano to practise on regularly to get great at it. Remember – even Mozart needed to practise his piano skills regularly!

Third of all, do you want to have the flexibility of being able to learn both pop songs on the piano as well as for the ABRSM exams? If so, you should pick a private piano teacher. If you strictly only want to learn the piano so you too, can potentially become a piano teacher in the future, then the choice is more vague. Schools are well known to drill students only to pass examinations, and very rarely provides choice to them. If you are less serious and wanting to learn a life skill and simply enjoy yourself, while still having the option of taking piano drills to play well for the ABRSM exams, then pick a private home piano teacher in Singapore.

All in all, it really depends on what you want. If you want to learn in the comfort of your home from a private piano teacher, then contact us here today.