How do I find a good music teacher?
A good teacher enjoys music and seeks to pass on this enjoyment to their students. They take interest in their pupils, trying to find the best methods to suit the individual. Their aim is to give their students a quality music education, which will include playing, reading and listening skills. A good teacher will train their student to practice effectively and encourage them to perform with confidence.
To see what is available in your area, try doing an internet search, for example “music education centre Wyndham” or “music education location Australia.” If your friends have children learning music, ask if they are happy with their teacher. Ask for their phone number, and give them a call or set up a meeting. Some music centres or private teachers offer a free lesson which means you can get to know the teacher a little, but remember it may take a few months for a bond to develop between a teacher and a student.
As far as possible, don’t be influenced by lesson prices when comparing teachers. Consider the recommended fees of your local music teacher’s association (for example, www.vmta.org.au in Victoria, Australia.) Music lessons may seem expensive, but as always, you get what you pay for. The teacher down the road who charges $10 a lesson may not be the best investment. Professional music schools employ teachers with a degree in music or education, and who show an ongoing interest in their own development as musicians.