Evaluating Potential Piano Pedagogues
June 17, 2007 11:49 AM Subscribe
I've resolved to start private piano lessons this coming fall semester, and want to know how to evaluate (and what questions to ask of) potential piano teachers.
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My musical training is limited to clarinet lessons from grades 4 through 8, so I'm essentially a complete beginner. I have a general understanding of musical notation, though the ability to read it with any fluency has long left me.
I attend a big university
that has a fairly large music department. I have access to practice rooms with pianos every day of the week.
I've already responded (just a basic inquiry to see if he's still interested) to a month-old ad on craigslist from a recent graduate of my school's music department (piano performance major, also attended the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts).
What is a reasonable price for a weekly lesson (I'm assuming hour long lessons or so each week...)? This particular fellow is charging $30 an hour, which is generally cheaper than what I've seen other (generally older) teachers charging in the area (usually more like $50 and hour). That seems reasonable to me - but perhaps I should be wary of a new teacher. Then again, all teachers have to start somewhere, right?
So what do I ask him and other potential teachers? What qualities are generally desirable in a piano teacher?