How To Get More Piano Students By Helping Them Ace Exams

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

How To Ace Your Piano Scales Examinations For Singaporean Students

Many Singaporean students find practising and acing piano scales for their ABRSM exams in Singapore difficult and tedious. However, if you are one such student, do not give up! Piano scales is one of the easiest parts of the examinations to get high scores in.

To ace your piano scales segment for your ABRSM examinations, you should take time to practise your fingers as accurately as possible. You need to have the right muscle memory to perform scales well. Do not increase playing speed at the expense of fingering accuracy. You want the muscle memory to be perfect by repeating the same, correct action over and over again. This way, by the time you get to higher ABRSM piano grades, you will be able to perform the scales accurately even at high speed because you have the right muscle memory!

An interesting tip for you Singaporean students is to practise your piano scales hands separately. This is the case regardless of your grade level. Many students can play scales well with both hands, however, they perform terribly and get confused easily if they try to play with one hand. Make sure you know your scales truly inside out.

Last but not least, mix up the order you play your scales. Your examiner may ask you for a random scale on the day of the exam. You want to practise at random, and do not always play them in the same sequence. This way, you will be more capable of adapting to unexpected changes in the examination room.