What kind of prices do private home piano teachers (those who travel to your house) charge in Singapore? Private home piano tutors are the premium choice of many Singaporean parents, mainly due to the convenience factor. They can watch their child learning and taking the music lessons in the comfort of their home. This is not only convenient for the child, but also safer for him/her.
As a direct result of the above, many local Singaporean parents are interested to figure out how much teachers charge, so that they can budget and calculate to see if they can comfortably afford their children’s home piano lessons. So let us take a look at the average prices.
For the examples below, we will take the estimated prices that a Grade 8 qualified piano teacher charge. Do note that if the teacher you are engaging is a Diploma certified teacher, then he or she usually charges 5-20% more.
For grades 1 to 4, each lesson is 45 minutes long, and there are 4 lessons in a month. For ABRSM grade 1, 4 lessons cost around $140 to $150. This then increases until an estimated $180 to $200 for grade 4.
However, there is a change when it comes to grade 5. Lessons are now 60 minutes in length, albeit there is still 4 lessons in a typical month. Four grade 5 lessons cost an estimated $210 to $230 a month and increases up till around $280 to $320 for grade 8. Diploma lessons are usually $350 to $400 and above.
All estimated prices above are accurate as of the date of this writing, and are in Singapore Dollars (“SGD”).
Do note that many piano teachers in Singapore will encourage your child to take up more lessons and up the intensity when it is nearing his or her practical examinations. This is perfectly normal. In that case, the rates per month will be pro-rated and higher than normal months.
Piano teachers in Singapore – focus on this to get more students.
Instead of struggling to get music students so you can grow your income in Singapore, simply focus instead on teaching your existing students better, while partnering up with piano teacher agencies like SG Learn Piano which offer jobs. This way, you will get better and more referrals from the agency as well as from your existing students. The better your students perform, the more these students and their parents will recommend you to their family or friends with children wanting to learn the piano. The better your reviews provided by these students and their parents to the piano teacher agency, the greater the incentive the agency has to refer students to you. As you can see, this will quickly result in a snowball effect and grow your income exponentially.
Here are some tips for piano teachers to help their student ace their ABRSM piano exams in Singapore:
- Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Therefore, you want to teach your students the best way to practise for their piano exams. Always help them get the right muscle memory first. There are some piano teachers who ask their students to simply play the ABRSM pieces to the right pace/speed first, before working on the smaller things. That is the wrong way to teach. Once muscle memory is wrong, while not impossible, it is difficult to correct. Make sure your student gets the right rhythm and notes and expressiveness right from the get go, even if the pace is significantly slower than the ideal pace that the piece dictates. Only after rhythm, notes and expressiveness is achieved should you ask your student to speed up the playing.
- Many Singaporean students score poorly in their aural segment of the exams, because they are afraid to sing and afraid of being judged. Some students may feel embarrassed to sing because their parents are also in the house during the lessons. However, tell your students that there is no need to care about anyone’s opinions about their singing. Feeling good and hitting the right notes and rhythm is far more important. If they hit it, no one else’s opinions matter.
- Sight reading is also another segment of the piano ABRSM exam in Singapore that many local Singaporean students face problems with. Make sure to get the students used to sight reading by always bringing some random piece of piano song (short one) and getting them to start off the practice session during the lesson with that sight reading piece. If you do this every week during their piano lessons, they will get used to it and perform well eventually as they will have the right level of confidence by the time of the examinations in Singapore.
- Scales is usually a common area where Singaporean music students tend to perform well in. However, I also have a full article on how to ace the piano scales exams here – you can share it with your student too.