Private music teaching is not currently regulated in the UK. It is possible for anyone to set up as a music teacher, even if they have no experience or qualifications.
A professional piano teacher should possess a recognised qualification in which piano playing or teaching features as a major component.
A good teacher will motivate and inspire their students, displaying both knowledge and enthusiasm for music.
An effective teacher will encourage students to realise their full potential and stimulate a young person's lasting interest in music.
Some people want to play the piano purely for their own personal enjoyment. Others respond well to the challenges of preparing for exams, concerts or recitals.
A good teacher will set appropriate challenges, encouraging students to develop their skills, musicianship and confidence.