How to find the right music teacher by Amber Morphy

Below is an article written by a Kindermusik mom, former Kindermusik teacher , and music instructor: Amber Morphy.  This may be of particular interest to our private students and Young Child course graduates:

It is that time of year already. Time to think about what activities you/your child would like to participate in next year. Your interested in music. Piano, Singing, Violin….where do you begin? After determining what instrument to study privately, how do you find the right teacher?

A good foundation is essential to the study of any art. It is very important that the student has the best possible teacher.

 

The best way to find a good teacher is by:

Word of mouth: Start asking parents who their children take lessons from. Ask the child too! What do they like about their teacher.

Often the best teachers do not advertise because they do not need to. In fact, they often have a waiting list!

Google: gather a few names. Remember, anyone can advertise here, you don’t need to be qualified to pay for an ad. Use the questions below to guide your screening process.

Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. Check your local branch. The instructors must be qualified to join this membership.

Royal Conservatory of Music.  Check on line (rcmexaminations.org). This is a listing of some of the qualified instructors throughout Canada. As a side note, the RCM is often confused with the Ontario Conservatory of Music. They are NOT associated in anyway. Buyer beware!

 

Gather a list of teachers names and begin your quest using the following questions as guidelines:

1)What are the teachers qualifications?

—a music degree or diploma is preferable

2)Is the teacher registered with any reputable music organizations?

3)What is the teachers level of experience?

—How many years have they been teaching? What is their student success rate in exams and festivals?

— Do they have a high rate of turnover in their studio?

4)What does the teacher offer in their studio?

—there should be plenty of opportunity for performances at music festivals, examinations, recitals, and master classes.

5) What is the teachers studio policy regarding payment, missed lessons and practice expectations?

6) What type of program is offered?

—What method do they teach? Do they know several methods? Are they flexible and skilled enough to accommodate the child’s needs/desire?

7)Lastly and most importantly, assess if after talking, you feel this teachers personality would be best suited to your child. Are they to strict or rigid? Are they too flexible or vague?

 

Once you have found the right teacher, you will reap the rewards. Your child’s confidence will increase, you will hear beautiful music in your home and you will begin what is often a special relationship between your child and the teacher.

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Amber Morphy B.Mus., M.Mus.

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