Once you have a shortlist of teachers you have found online we would highly encourage you to dig deeper, keep in mind that music teaching is deregulated and anyone can say that they are a music teacher, put a page up online and look like the real deal.

First steps:

Arrange a meet and greet.

Ask them to play live.

Pay attention to their communication skills (or lack thereof).

Ask a bunch of questions, here are some good ones:

  • What experience do you have teaching music?
  • What instruments do you teach?
  • What are your qualifications and educational background?
  • What is your greatest personal musical accomplishments?
  • Do you teach full time? Are you a student yourself?
  • What age groups do you teach?
  • Do you hold concerts/recordings/band-programs/workshops during the year?
  • Which teaching materials do you use? How and why did you choose them?
  • How do you evaluate a student’s progress?
  • How much practice time do you suggest or require of your students?
  • How much do you charge for lessons and how do fees work?
  • How long is each lesson, and when and where will they be held?
  • How many students do you currently teach?
  • What do you expect of parents?
  • What are your terms and conditions?

If you aren’t getting the answers you need we recommend going with a music school. A good school will have answers to all of the questions above and more and will speed up the process for you. Happy researching!

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