Tip: If you’re looking for a private piano teacher, then consider Musiah as an excellent alternative.
Musiah is just like a traditional private piano teacher except that he is a virtual private piano teacher, available 24/7, at a time that suits you, in the comfort of your own home.
Thousands of people have already enrolled in piano lessons with Musiah.
Questions To Ask Your Private Piano Teacher
Search the Internet for questions to ask your private piano teacher, and you’re likely to find some variation of the questions listed below.
We have summarised the main questions but have also done something different: we have answered those questions from the perspective of Musiah, the world’s first truly artificially intelligent private piano teacher.
Compare Musiah’s answers with your traditional private piano teacher’s answers so you can make the best decision for you or your child learning the piano.
If you’re considering a private piano teacher to teach you the piano, then there are certain matters you should think carefully about. You will be spending quite a lot of money, so you want to be sure you’re choosing the best piano teacher for you.
Here are just some of the questions you should ask the person you’re trusting to teach you or teach your child the piano.
What Piano Lessons Method Does Your Private Piano Teacher Use?
What method does your prospective piano teacher use? Will they be teaching you or your child to learn piano by ear? By solfa names? Or will they be using more of a traditional method, where they teach you how to read music correctly?
For Musiah, Musiah uses the best piano lessons method, which is a variation of the traditional method.
The Musiah method for learning the piano teaches you how to read music correctly, which means you will gain the knowledge you need to ultimately play any tune you like. Students learning piano with the Musiah method learn piano fast — up to 16 times faster than students learning the same syllabus through traditional piano lessons.
What Are Your Piano Teacher's Formal Qualifications?
There are lots of degrees or diplomas that a private piano teacher might have. Although formal qualifications aren’t everything, they do provide a good objective measure of a teacher’s skill and qualifications.
Qualifications range from diplomas and bachelor degrees to advanced degrees and qualifications administered by professional music institutions.
For example, in Australia, the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) has several graded programs for a globally recognised standard or qualification. Of these, the Licentiate Level (L.Mus A) is the highest possible level achievable through the AMEB.
A Licentiate requires you to have an almost-perfect mastery of the piano. The Licentiate Level has a pass rate of just 10%, which shows the level of difficulty and skill involved in achieving a L.Mus A. Ask your prospective piano teacher what qualifications they have.
In relation to Musiah, Musiah’s inventor Brendan Hogan has the AMEB qualification of Associate in Music Australia (A.Mus.A) and the holy grail of AMEB qualifications, a Licentiate in Music Australia (L.Mus.A).
What Is Your Piano Teacher’s Practical Experience In Teaching Piano?
Formal qualifications are one thing; real-life experience teaching the piano is another. How long has your teacher taught piano for? Although experience isn’t the be-all of teaching piano, it does matter.
Musiah’s inventor, Brendan Hogan, started teaching piano at age 11. He has taught piano, organ and keyboard privately and in schools for more than 30 years. He has trained other music teachers for more than 17 years, spending thousands of hours observing and coaching hundreds of teachers in the specialized art of group keyboard teaching. He is the owner and founder of Australia’s largest national in-school keyboard music program.
Does Your Piano Teacher Publicly Perform The Piano?
A piano teacher who performs the piano publicly, or who has performed the piano publicly, or who writes music for public performances, implies a higher level of commitment and skill as a pianist than a teacher who does not perform their piano skills publicly.
Musiah’s inventor, Brendan Hogan, is a renowned former concert pianist. Brendan was just 17 when his first orchestral work was performed publicly by Ireland’s National Orchestra, making him the youngest Irish composer ever to have an orchestral work performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He wrote his first piano concerto at 18 while teaching music to Year 10 students. He’s had a long career working as a composer for television and composing songs for established artists.
Does Your Private Piano Teacher Require You To Buy Your Own Sheet Music?
Sheet music can cost you a lot of money. And you could be wasting that money if you or your child decide later not to continue with your piano lessons. Ask your teacher if they will at least loan you some of the initial instructional books and sheet music so you know the piano is right for you.
With Musiah, all the sheet music and training materials you need already come with the program. You do not have to buy any music or books separately, saving you a lot of money.
What Kinds Of Music Does Your Private Piano Teacher Teach?
Does your piano teacher teach only classical music? Do they teach jazz? What about popular music?
With Musiah, you learn an incredibly diverse range of music from classical to folk music, jazz and contemporary dance styles.
How Many Students Does Your Piano Teacher Have?
Make sure your piano teacher teaches you or your child personally. In other words, it’s best to avoid group piano lessons, even if the groups are small. Also, if one private piano teacher has too many students on their books, then it might be difficult for them to give you the individual attention you need.
Musiah teaches you personally. He’s available whenever you’re available. He regards your lessons as just as important as any other student’s lessons. He’s available to assist you every step of the way, 24/7.
What Fees Does Your Private Piano Teacher Charge?
Make sure you know all the upfront and hidden costs when hiring a private piano teacher. Most private piano teachers will charge a dollar a minute or more. But also consider the cost of books and sheet music. There may also be additional costs for entering piano competitions and other activities and costs for additional equipment.
Musiah provides much more affordable piano lessons than a private piano teacher. You pay just modest amount (see pricing) each month for up to 6 people per household. You can cancel your subscription at any time. Read more about how Musiah's piano lessons are such good value they are “better than free” piano lessons.
What Equipment Does Your Private Piano Teacher Require?
Check whether your private piano teacher requires you to already have an acoustic piano or whether you can start with a keyboard. Learn the difference between piano lessons and keyboard lessons.
With Musiah, all you need is a PC, Mac or iPad with the minimum requirements and ideally a MIDI keyboard, but if you don't happen to own a MIDI keyboard, that's no problem because with Musiah you can initially use your computer keyboard to play piano notes during your lessons or, if using an iPad or touchscreen, Musiah includes an on-screen keyboard you can play.
Does Your Private Piano Teacher Let Parents Attend Lessons?
Check to see if parents can sit-in on your child's piano lessons. Some private piano teachers won’t allow this.
With Musiah, not only can you watch your child learn and interact with Musiah, if you choose a family plan – you too can learn piano with your child because the low monthly or annual subscription covers up to 6 people per household. (Discounts apply on annual plans).
Parents, in a way, are the best piano teachers. So you’re encouraged to get involved with Musiah.