How to become a piano teacher
Playing the piano is a talent and not everyone has the skill set to become a piano teacher. But if you love playing and teaching, how can you turn your passion into a career?
Whether you’re looking to become a self-employed teacher or work for a company, there are some basic requirements you need, including being a skilled pianist in your own right.
Starting a new profession is exciting but doing your research is essential. Here are some of the things you need to know before becoming a piano teacher:
What qualifications do you need to be a piano teacher?
Surprisingly, you don’t need any formal qualifications in music to become a piano tutor but before you teach anyone else, your own piano skills need to be at a high level. You also need to be able to read sheet music to a high standard. Having the right amount of experience and expertise is key to being successful.
It is worth keeping in mind that having specialised music training will increase your reputation as a music teacher. There are some recommended qualifications such as a level 3 qualification or higher in music.
What equipment and resources do you need?
Most piano tutors teach out of their own homes, so you need to make sure you have the right equipment. Pianos aren’t exactly portable so it’s expected that you’ll provide one for them, and it should be well-tuned and maintained. Since you’re allowing others to use your instrument, it’s smart to take out music instrument insurance to provide you cover against any damage or injury.
Other resources such as music books and materials will be helpful references to any lessons and construct a learning plan to follow. This can give clear indications of a student’s skill level and give them a target to work towards.
What about safeguarding?
Like with any profession that involves children, you’ll need to know about child safeguarding. When providing piano lessons to children, you’re legally required to follow industry-level safeguarding practices and create a safe and secure environment for children, young adults, and vulnerable adults to learn in.
There is a lot of safeguarding training available but the level of checks you’ll need will depend on whom you’re teaching. The Musicians Union recommends that piano tutors teaching in England and Wales have enhanced DBS checks.
How can you advertise your services?
Keeping up with competitors relies on a constant stream of students and the best way to keep business steady is by advertising your services. There are many advertising strategies you can use, starting from word-of-mouth marketing to handing out business cards.
Social media in particular is great for spreading the word about the service you’re offering and where you’re based. Also, signing up to music directory websites also lets people who are looking for a piano tutor know you’re available.