1. What are you trying to achieve?

Nothing will be more frustrating for your search than not having a goal in mind – it’s not really fair for a teacher to guess at what you want to learn from them or you might find yourself with a teacher who doesn’t teach what you want to learn.

If you know the answers to these questions then your teacher will be able to provide better instruction.

2. Ask around

There are several piano studios that C.J.’s Pianos works with and we’re happy to refer you to them based on location and lesson style you’re looking for. In addition to us, your friends, colleges and schools are often able to provide knowledgeable suggestions on local teachers. Many performance venues and religious institutions also have great leads on quality teachers.

3. Meet some teachers

Interviewing potential teachers is essential in deciding if they’ll be a good fit for you or your child. You’ll want to interview prospects in person, and ideally in the location at which the lessons will take place. When interviewing, focus on questions both general, like their overall teaching philosophy, as well as specific questions about their qualifications, expectations and methods.

Ask them about themselves:

4. Don’t be afraid to keep looking

If you don’t find the right piano teacher immediately, continue your search. Just because things aren’t an immediate success doesn’t mean you have a bad teacher or you’re a bad student; different teachers need a good fitting student type as much as you need a teacher that’s a good fit. A professional instructor will understand and respect your decision to do what’s best for you or your child’s music education. The right teacher will foster a love of music, aid in continued, measurable progress, and motivate their students to want to become the best musicians they can be.