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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!

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!

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.