What to look for when choosing a piano teacher:
A piano teacher should be friendly but also firm and patient. Some of the best teachers demonstrate through their own playing. The more beautifully the teacher can play and demonstrate the material, the better example the student has to follow. There are also different styles of music, such as: classical, light classical, Broadway & movie tunes, jazz, children’s songs and other popular music. The teacher should be well-versed in the styles of music that the student is most interested in studying.
Different teachers have different levels of versatility and creativity. When dealing with young children through teenage children, the teacher should be flexible enough to follow the child’s interests but also be firm enough to add structure to the lesson. If the student shows an interest and talent in creating their own music, then it is important to find a teacher who is improvisatory and familiar with theory and music composition in addition to the genres mentioned.