Greater Olympia is rich in
piano teaching resources. By some estimates, there are over 150
people teaching piano in some manner. The problem most parents face
isn't finding a teacher, it's selecting the most appropriate teacher
for their young student.
Here are a few criteria
you may want to consider:
- What are their teaching
and piano playing credentials? You want someone who is both a great
teacher and a competent musician! Certifications can be helpful to
you in this process.
- How experienced are
they? How long have they been teaching?
- Are they teaching for a
living or as a hobby? Many full time teachers continue teaching well
past normal retirement age, but with a reduced number of students.
Don't rule them out. Sharing piano is a life-long passion for many piano teachers.
- Do their students
excel? Do they win awards? Do they continue to play piano after
graduating? Are they life-long pianists?
- Are students involved
in community musical programs and activities?
- Visit the Studio. What does it look like, serious and professional, inviting and friendly?
- What is their teaching instrument, a grand, an upright or a keyboard? Do they have enough instruments for both student and teacher to play together?
- How comprehensive is the program? Do they help students understand basic music theory, styles, history, etc.?
Finally, please take some time to read Diane
Hidy's article linked below. Of the hundreds of advise columns on
the Internet, it is one of the best.