Choosing a music teacher is like choosing a music instrument to play, there are lots of good ones out there but you aren't sure which one is right for you. Here are some helpful guidelines on choosing a music teacher.
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- Get recommendations. Ask family, friends and other reliable sources if they know a good music instructor.
- Interview the teacher. Inquire about his/her qualifications, experiences and references. Also, ask about tuition fees, policies, teaching method and anything relating to the service he/she is offering.
- If possible, ask if you can sit-in during classes or watch recitals. Doing this can help you assess his/her rapport with students and how effective his/her teaching method is.
- Consider your budget. Remember, some teachers who charge a lower fee are as good as those who charge a higher fee. Also, based on your budget, assess whether you can afford to hire a private tutor or enroll in group instruction. For kids I recommend group instruction as it is more fun for them. While for adults, a private tutor seems more suitable especially if you're balancing a family and career. Generally, private tutors cost more.