Finding a good piano teacher doesn’t have to be a scary or confusing. Here are some questions you should ask when you first meet a potential teacher.
How long have you been teaching piano?
Length isn’t always the best indicator, but it should be taken into account.
Is piano your primary instrument?
It’s very possible that they could teach on the side because it brings in more students (generally) then any other instrument. To get quality teaching, you’ll want someone who either has piano as their primary instrument or who has studied extensively.
Do you also teach music theory?
Music theory is about understanding what music is about. This is a very important part of learning to play the piano because it helps the student interpret music on a deeper level. Additionally, if the student starts learning and doesn’t receive any music theory instruction, trying to learn later on will be much harder.
Do you perform? And where?
It’s important that the potential teacher be performing somewhere. A lack of any sort of performing generally leads to stagnation.
Are you a part of a organization? Like Piano Teachers Association of California?
This will give the student additional options for performing and easily track their progression through certificates and competitions.