Learning the piano may be fun, but we also need to make sure that you can afford to pay for the piano lessons for your child comfortably, rather than needing to stop or worry constantly because of the financial side. Let us take a closer look at the potential costs. When you are fully comfortable with these costs, then by all means, send your child to piano lessons immediately!
First of all, there are two ways your child can take piano lessons in Singapore. The first way is to send your child to a public music school such as Cristofori. These are schools usually set up in shopping malls and your child can take either one to one lessons or group lessons. Group lessons for theory lessons, while it is one to one for practical sessions. The second way is to get a private piano teacher in Singapore, which is the recommended path if you want more convenience, along with quality and cheaper prices. This is because the extra prices you pay at a school does not actually mean that the teacher is better. It doesn’t even go to pay the admin staff at the music schools. Most of it goes to pay for the rental! If you go the route of private lessons for your child, which I strongly recommend, it costs around $140 per month from Grade 1 up till around $350 per month for Grade 8.
Second of all, for your child to truly master playing the piano, you should get a piano for him or her to practise at home. A good way to save on the costs when it comes to getting the piano is to get a second hand upright piano. An second hand upright piano is good enough to last your child up to ABRSM grade 8 or Diploma. There is no need to get a first hand one, if you are really wanting to reduce some costs there. Just make sure you go through a reputable dealer or go through a referral by a trusted friend or family member. A first hand upright piano costs around $8000 to $15000. A second hand upright piano costs around $3000 to $8000, saving you at least $2000 to $7000.
Third of all, even for private piano lessons, there are two types. You can send your child to the teacher’s studio (their home) or you can get the teacher to go to your house. Either way is fine, but I strongly recommend getting a teacher to go to your house instead. This way, you do not need to worry about transportation costs and time and getting your child to and fro from the teacher’s house/studio.
Here are some tips to help you out so that you can successfully master playing piano scales easily and quickly. A lot of teachers may ask you to practise for like 1 hour a day or even longer. However, that is definitely not necessary when it comes to mastering piano scales.
The first method revealed in my video tutorial below is the thumb tucking under method. Although not all piano teachers may teach this, it is definitely one of the best ways to truly master piano scales.
Another tip to master scales is to practise playing the scales really slow and really get everything perfect for 4 times. Then you want to bump up the playing speed slightly and play 4 times. Then you want to play the scale as quickly as you can for 4 times, and even if the playing is a little sloppy, you want to still complete that 4 times. Your goal is to push as hard/fast as you possibly can so that you know your limit for now. After you have played through as fast as you possibly can, you want to go really slow and make sure the technique is fundamentally perfect. Do this for a final 4 times for that particular scale.
For more tips, make sure to watch the following video instead. Otherwise if you are looking for a private piano teacher in Singapore, then you should get your teacher from SGLearn Piano instead.
If your child has to learn one instrument because he/she wants to, and/or you want to expose him/her to music, then have your child learn the piano first. Here is the reason why you should let your child learn the piano first.
First and foremost, playing the piano well requires a simultaneous working of both the right hand, the left hand and the right feet on the pedal. The coordination of these different actions all at the same time while reading a piano score is not something that is easily achieved. In fact, there are many studies showing that this is one of the reasons why learning the piano increases a child’s IQ! In competitive Singapore, many kiasu parents send their children to tuition classes. However, a great secret of highly performing students is that the parents send their child to PIANO classes instead of academic tuition classes! Taking more math classes won’t make your child smarter, except perhaps score better in maths. However, taking piano classes can improve your child’s IQ, which then helps them with every aspect in future in life.
Second of all, piano is one of the best sounding instruments your child can learn. Although some kids like to play the drum, can you imagine what a nuisance that will be? If your child absolutely loves the drum, then listen to him/her and invest in him/her’s passion. However, if your child is neutral to the music instrument, getting your child piano lessons is the best thing you can possibly do. A girl who can play piano is seen as cultured, while a boy who can play the piano can be seen as sophisticated. Both of which are great.
Third of all, it is not easy to find good music teachers. This is particularly so for other music instruments, since the pool of e.g. guitar teachers are significantly smaller than that of private piano teachers in Singapore. This means that the chances of you finding a great teacher for your child is lower if your child is going to learn some other instrument other than the piano.