How Many Hours Does It Take For You To Master The Piano?

Have you ever wondered how many hours of practice and learning and music classes do you need to become a true master at playing the piano? How long do you have to practise and for many hours each time to become a great pianist?

The truth is that to become a great pianist, consistency and quality of practice sessions are far more important than the actual amount of hours practising. There may be people who will disagree, and think that 10,000 hours of playing the piano is required to make you a master pianist. However, I still believe in my point, and let me share with you the following advice.

When it comes to becoming a great pianist, you want to be consistent. There are too many students who get ‘too passionate’ and over-practice. They just started and so they practise for hours on end. They put aside 5 hours a day when they first start. However, after a week or two later, they start slowing down. After a few months, many people practise only once or twice a week. Then they may even stop practising altogether unless their teacher gets them and constantly reminds them to practise. This is not the right way to become a great pianist. You want to be consistent. This means start off at a manageable pace. You want to keep to the same pace throughout your life.

Let me illustrate the above example. For instance, if you first start learning a pop piano song or playing your ABRSM pieces, you may want to dedicate at least 1 to 2 hours daily to practising. However, it is unrealistic to be able to do that daily if you live and study and work in Singapore. Hectic schedules are the norm for Singaporeans. Therefore, if you cannot keep aside that amount of hours daily to practise the piano, then it is a bad amount of hours. For example, if you can practise only 20 minutes on the day you are very busy, then you should simply practise at most 20 minutes a day for every day. That is right. On the days you may be free, you will feel as though this is too little. However, this is to train your mind and habits to be consistent.

However, just practising constantly does not automatically make you a master pianist. Other than learning from good piano teachers in Singapore, you also want to practise the right way. This is especially the case when it comes to students who are practising for the purpose of wanting to eventually pass the graded piano ABRSM exams in Singapore.

For those who want to pass the ABRSM exams, check out the following videos I have got for you.


How to pass ABRSM pieces:


How to pass ABRSM sight reading:


How to pass piano scales:


How to ace the aural exams in piano ABRSM exams

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.

So what do you think? If you are still on the fence whether you should pursue your dreams of being a self employed piano teacher in Singapore, read this first – the pros and cons of being a private piano teacher in Singapore.

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!

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 Рthere are really only two ages in which you should start learning the piano. Surprise! I did not give the clich̩ 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.