As a parent, it is a given fact that you are willing to devote time and energy in providing the best for your child. You will leave no stone unturned in searching for the best keyboard lessons teacher...
As a parent, it is a given fact that you are willing to devote time and energy in providing the best for your child. You will leave no stone unturned in searching for the best keyboard lessons teacher for your child.
Indeed, it is confusing to weigh the pros and cons of each and every teacher candidate. However, there are some tell-tale signs that would indicate that a teacher may not just be the right fit.
Here are some of the common pitfalls or mistakes in choosing a keyboard teacher:
The Price Is Not Always Right. It is understandable that parents are budget conscious. Of course, you want your hard-earned money to produce the best results. However, you tend to get easily lured by someone who offers their services at a cheaper price. It is not wise to jump the gun on the teacher offering the lowest rate. Investigate. Ask questions that would give you an indication of the teacher’s skills, methods, achievements, and his effectivity. This does not mean though that low rate equals low quality. Check on a teacher who charges a higher rate; then compare. Use your best judgment on who you think can satisfie your requirements and can provide long-term progress for your child.
Credential And Ability Are Not Two Peas In A Pod. When a prospective teacher turns over a brilliant resume, you may have the tendency to think that he’s ‘the one’. But hold on to your horses. Impressive credentials do not always yield astonishing results. The ability to teach effectively is more often, evident in the teacher’s rapport with the student. This quality cannot be captured by a list of achievements alone. Have an in-depth interview with the teacher and ask him how he can motivate your child to learn and achieve.
The Nearer is Not Always the Better. Proximity or location cannot be your sole criteria in hiring a keyboard teacher. Convenience does matter, but there might be a better teacher who is just 10 or 20 minutes away and is definitely worth the trip.
Oldies Are Not Always Goodies. Classical pieces are not always the most effective way to use in teaching keyboard lessons. Singapore students are highly encouraged by their teachers to select music pieces that jive with their personal tastes in music. In this way, students find familiar pieces more interesting, fun, and easier to learn.
Fun and Learning Do Not Mix. Steer clear from a teacher who still abides by this archaic principle of teaching. Learning becomes more effective when a child is relaxed and motivated. Making lessons fun, enjoyable, and interesting facilitates a better learning experience.
As American psychiatrist Karl A. Menninger once said: “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” A keyboard lessons teacher may possess great skills as a keyboard player or performer. He may have superior knowledge on music theory. Yet all these are of no use when he cannot effectively pass on that knowledge to your child. Find a teacher who can empathize with your child’s needs and motivate him to be passionate about his craft.
Jazz Tan is a music instructor in Singapore who loves to share her extensive knowledge of music and the art of performing to her students and blog readers.† Visit her site at www.keyboardlessonssingapore.com or call (065) 8168 8251.