How Much Do Piano Lessons Really Cost In Singapore – An In-depth Look

How Much Do Piano Lessons Really Cost In Singapore?

Many people think that the only costs related to learning the piano are just that of the piano purchase price and the teacher’s hourly cost. However, there are lots of hidden costs that many Singaporean parents may not know about. I want to share these piano learning costs with you. This is so that you are more aware of it. With this knowledge, you can make a more informed financial decision before deciding to get your child enrolled in piano classes in Singapore.


Piano exam registration and application costs

Whenever your child registers for a practical or theory ABRSM piano examination in Singapore, you will need to pay a certain fee to ABRSM. ABRSM is basically the internationally recognized music board. It is widely used as a way to certify a student’s piano playing proficiency. It is similar to the IB system or the O and A level systems in many countries around the world for academia.

Each exam application and attempt for the exam will cost you money.

It generally starts around $180 for grade 1 and up to around $500 for grade 8 for the practical piano examination.

Theory examinations are cheaper to apply for and sit for. They start around $110 for grade 1 up till approximately $200 for grade 8.

The above mentioned rates are in Singapore Dollars.


Piano books costs

Piano theory and practical books are necessary whether your child wants to learn for leisure or for ABRSM proficiency levels. These books are around $10 to $20 per book in Singapore. There will usually be three to four official ABRSM piano exam practical books, and several more for theory. If your child also wants to learn pop music songs, then there will be more books required.


Examination piano studio rental costs

Before your child goes for the official ABRSM practical examinations, practicing on the exact piano which will be used during the exams is necessary. To do this, the teacher will usually rent the studio for several sessions. Your child will be having the few lessons prior to the examinations at the rented studio instead.

These costs varies. It depends on the music school in Singapore that your child is deployed to for the practical piano exams.


Travelling costs (if applicable)

If your child is not having the private piano teacher go to your house for piano lessons, then travelling costs will be required. Either your child needs to take the public transport, or you will be fetching him or her to and fro. These are travelling costs that you need take into consideration.

I strongly recommend that if your child wants to take piano lessons, to hire a private piano home teacher in Singapore to go to your house instead.

Private Piano Teachers In Singapore Near You – How To Find Them?

Looking for a private home piano teacher who lives near your place makes scheduling for lessons much easier. This is because if you travel to the teacher’s studio, the commute is way shorter. For cases where the teacher travels to your house instead, it is also easier for you and the tutor to liaise for lesson dates and timings. If the teacher stays very far from you, traveling and scheduling lessons can be a problem.

How to find a teacher who is near you?

However, with all that said, how do you find a private piano teacher near you in Singapore? You cannot exactly knock on people’s doors and ask if they are a piano teacher.

Thankfully with the Internet, there are a few places through which you can easily find a music tutor in Singapore who lives near you.

Find a teacher through an agency

First of all, you could engage a company such as sglearnpiano who could help you find a qualified piano teacher who stays near you from their database of teachers. These companies usually do not charge students anything as part of their service. They only charge the tutors. So, as a student, you get the best of both worlds when you go through them. This is because you will save time and effort and are also not required to spend any extra money by engaging their services. Of course, not all agencies are equally good. You need to do your research.

Ask a friend for a referral

Second of all,  if you know a student who lives near you and he or she has a teacher who also lives near you, good! You could ask your friend for a referral. I am sure the teacher will be more than happy to teach you as well as long as the teacher has the time. Teachers usually love client referrals. This is an easy way to find a private piano teacher in Singapore who is near you. However, this method only works if you have such a friend.

Piano Teachers Singapore Review – How To Best Find One!

If you are looking for reviews of piano teachers in Singapore, and how to best find them in Singapore, then you are at the right spot!

In this post, I will review the various different ways to find a private home piano teacher in Singapore.

Why it is so difficult to find individual reviews of music teachers in Singapore

Before that, I will explain why it is only possible to do the above, but not give you actual reviews of individual piano teachers locally.

One of the reasons it is so difficult to find actual reviews of individual piano teachers is because there is no statutory board governing music teachers in Singapore.

Second of all, different students have different needs. There are students who simply want teachers who teach them how to play the piano leisurely, while there are many other students who want teachers to help them pass the ABRSM examinations. All these means that there is no way there can be a website with reviews out of 5 or 10 stars of piano teachers in Singapore. Additionally, some teachers come and go quite fast.

Comparison of methods you can find music teachers in Singapore

Now with that out of the way, let us review some of the common methods with which you can find a good teacher with in Singapore.

  1. One of the most recommended methods to look for a teacher in Singapore is to go to an agency such as SG Learn Piano agency and get matched up. They simply work like a match making agency, and you are to provide them with your requirements. They will then automatically recommend you the best teacher most suited to your demands and requirements.In my opinion, going through an agency IS one of the easiest ways to find a teacher because there is nothing you need to do, and there is no fees you will need to pay to the piano teacher agency. They only charge the teachers if they match you up with the teacher.
  2. Another great way to find music teachers is actually through recommendations and referrals from friends or family members.This method is strongly recommended IF you know students who scored well in their ABRSM piano exams or can play the piano very well.On the other hand, if you do not know such people or music students, then this method is probably useless to you.
  3. There is also another method used by some Singaporean parents, and that is asking around in forums such as KiasuParents.com or HardWareZone.com. However, there lies one big problem with this method. If you were to look for individual music teachers through this method, you will get lots of messages from those individual piano teachers all telling you that they are the best. Problem is, not all of them are great.Unlike agencies which are incentivized to recommend you the best teachers, individual music teachers on forums do not have incentives to recommend you someone else if they are lousy.

    This method is the least recommended out of all the methods listed here.

  4. You can try looking for piano teachers in Singapore on classified ads in the Straits Times as well. However, in this day and age, far fewer teachers and agencies advertise there because it is way too expensive, and reach is too little.This is not recommended, and the easy alternative is to simply Google for these agencies or teachers.

How To Sound Like A Professional Pianist Fast Without Years Of Practice

Have you ever been to a random place and heard someone unassuming to walk up to the piano and suddenly play an extremely nice sounding melody? Perhaps you are a student in a Singapore school (since most Singapore schools have a piano) and have heard someone play the piano expressively and nicely yet it does not appear to be any particular song?

The secret behind what they are doing is that these pianists are actually playing chords, and not actual songs. It sounds equally good to the listener and the layman will be non the wiser.

If you are a student in Singapore and want to impress a random girl or guy in school, then you should learn how to play piano chords!

Check out the following short tutorial on how to master playing piano chords easily so you can be the talk of the school quick!