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Questions to ask piano teachers in Dorset

  • What is your approach to instrumental technique?
  • What piano repertoire do you encourage your pupils to study and why?
  • How do you teach theory?
  • Do you prepare your pupils for exams, such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music?
  • How do you teach general musicianship and music appreciation?
  • How do you develop sight-reading skills in your pupils?
  • Do you give progress reports on your pupils?
  • Do you make notes for your pupils during lessons?
  • What qualifications do you have?

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    Did you know?

    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.

    Membership of organisations such as the Musicians' Union or the European Piano Teachers' Association ( EPTA ) is generally an indication that the teacher adopts a responsible approach to their work and takes an interest in their own continuing professional development.
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