Finding a teacher
As I don’t teach children anymore, I’m often asked for advice on how to find a good piano teacher. Looking for a new teacher can be a bit of a daunting experience. There are a lot of teachers out there, so you may be wondering what to look for.
Here is what I advise to ask about:
- Who do they teach?
- What experience and qualifications do they have?
- What is their teaching style?
- What books or tutors do they use?
- Do they have students regularly sit AMEB exams?
- What is their particular interest?
- When, where and how much are lessons?
- What is their availability?
- Are there any special conditions or requirements?
Where to look
You can find piano teachers everywhere! It is a popular instrument and there is no requirements for becoming a teacher. This of course is a problem, as virtually anyone can teach and charge whatever they like.
- To find a local teacher you can check your school newsletter or noticeboard, or ask other parents who they recommend in the area.
- Look up piano teachers on website listing sites such as www.musicteacher.com.au.
- The Victorian Music Teachers Association (VMTA) produces a list of teachers who meet the qualification standard. Just be aware that a lot of private teachers (like myself) choose not join the VMTA.
- Put a sign up on the notice board at the music department of a University. In Melbourne that could be the Melbourne Convservatorium of Music (now at Southbank) at the University of Melbourne or The Department of Music, Monash University.
Qualifications and Expereince
Properly trained piano teachers should have, or be working towards a University degree (Bachelor of Music or equivalent) and have reached a minimum of 8th Grade AMEB.
It is generally expected that properly trained piano teachers charge the established VMTA rates, or more with greater experience and qualifications. You can view the VMTA rates at