Private Piano Teacher Salary In Singapore – How Much Can You Make?

Becoming a private piano teacher and living a self empl0yed lifestyle is definitely a very good way to live in Singapore. Even if you don’t intend to make it a full time gig, you may want some good supplementary income. This is especially important in Singapore where real estate prices are through the roof! Even a small HDB flat costs a bomb, therefore, you will want to put your skills to full use.

First of all, I am assuming that you have at least a Grade 8 ABRSM or Diploma equivalent qualifications. If that is the case, then how much you make per lesson varies greatly on the type of students you take in. Price you can charge differ not based on age or student’s family’s income, but is dependent on which grade you are being hired to teach. The higher the grade you are teaching, the more expensive it is. Here is a list which shows the estimated monthly range (for 4 lessons) you can be expecting to charge and still get loads of students in Singapore (lessons Grade 4 and below are 45 minutes long while those above are 1 hour):

  • Grade 1 – $140 to $170
  • Grade 2 – $150 to $180
  • Grade 3 – $160 to $190
  • Grade 4 – $170 to $200
  • Grade 5 – $190 to $240
  • Grade 6 – $210 to $260
  • Grade 7 – $250 to $280
  • Grade 8 – $250 to $320
  • Diploma – $300 to $400

Second of all, the prices you can charge is also partly dependent on the student’s location and accessibility. If your student lives in Changi or Woodlands, he/she will probably get charged more because it’s much harder and less convenient to travel to their location. However, this is also partly the reason why private home piano teachers in Singapore tend to teach students near where they live while students also tend to pick teachers who live near them so that they get charged slightly less.

Third of all, it really depends whether you want to take this gig as a private home piano teacher seriously. If you get 1 student per day of the week, this is an estimated $1400 (7 * $200) you will earn per month. This is likely able to be the case for a part time piano teacher. However, if you want to dedicate your life to teaching piano lessons, then you can teach up to perhaps 3 to 5 students per day (while only working total of 3 to 5 hours daily) and make an estimated $5600 a month, which is a respectable amount in Singapore. The easiest way to get to this level is to both search for students yourself as well as partner with an existing piano agency (e.g. www.linkedin.com/company/sglearnpiano), which can help you source for additional music students, and thus eventually turn your part time gig into a full time business. There is nothing more rewarding than absolute working freedom on your terms – being self employed as a private home piano teacher in Singapore allows you to do just that!

How To Play Pop Songs On Piano For Beginners – Tips

Regardless of the type of pop song you want to play, here are some tips and tricks that every piano beginner should know to help master playing of pop songs as quickly as possible.

  1. If you are a Singaporean/Asian (females in particular), you would probably have smaller hands than men or Caucasians. Therefore, what you will find is that playing certain arpeggios or octaves would be pretty difficult on the piano. However, most piano teachers will teach you to play with your fingers curved. Although that is perfectly right, and that’s the ideal, it will be too difficult for you to keep your fingers curved and still hit the right notes properly if your hands are too small. Therefore, it is ok if you flatten your fingers a little while playing such far away notes on the piano if you cannot reach it.
  2. A great tip for you is to first get the gist of the whole song down first. I know many beginners who start playing the piano are perfectionists (especially for music students in perfectionist Singapore), and want to practice a little by little and make sure that every single piano key is pressed as perfectly as it can possibly be pressed and never missing 1 note ever. However, if you do this, you will be frustrated by the lack of progress, as you will take forever to master the song. A far better way, although it may be contradictory to piano beginners’ beliefs, is that you should first play through the entire song first. It clearly does not need to be perfect, but you should get the gist of the piano song’s overall mood and tune. Do this several times even though you may miss a note or hit the wrong key from time to time. Once you have practised this way at least 10 times on the piano, then you can start tackling your favourite pop song bits by pieces.
  3. There will always be a difficult version and an easy version of a pop song online. ALWAYS look for the easy version first. You wouldn’t jump from elementary 1 to university. Likewise, you want to start from the easy piano version of your favourite pop song first. Additionally, mastering the easy version gives you confidence, and you will be able to progress. With progress, comes even more confidence, and you will be tempted to keep playing and mastering all of your favourite pop songs on the piano! If you start off with the super hard ones, you are going to have a very bad time in the future, and you will be demotivated easily.

Of course, all the tips in the world wouldn’t help you as much as a good piano teacher in Singapore can help you. But for now, make sure to watch the following video and learn some more tips on playing pop songs on the piano within minutes!