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How To Find a Piano Teacher

Learning to play the piano can be a very rewarding experience, because the piano is an exquisite instrument that can capture many different types of moods with its sound. There are several different ways to learn to play piano: you can learn from online courses, instructional DVDs or simply by trying to teach yourself. However, many people choose to seek out a piano teacher for private piano lessons, both for the experience and the face-to-face instruction. It can be hard to find a piano teacher sometimes though, especially if you’ve just entered a community and hardly know anyone. There are several places you can go to find piano teachers. 

First, you can ask your piano tuner if s/he knows any teachers in the area, or you can ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations of good piano teachers in your area. Usually, there’s likely to be at least someone in your community who’s willing to offer lessons for a small fee. If you find someone, talk to them and ask them about their teaching style, what fee they expect, and how often you plan to meet. In short, get to know the person somewhat. In addition to having found a piano teacher, you may find a friend in the process. 

Sometimes there may not be any teachers available for piano tutorials. Don’t give up hope; there are still ways to learn. You can go to local music stores. Usually, there will be people there who’ll offer lessons; in fact that’s actually their job. The same rules as above apply – get to know the person, their rates, how often you plan to meet, etc. Because music stores hire people with a musical background, you’re virtually guaranteed to get quality musical education. 

Also, there are often courses at a local college or university that teach music. You can look into signing up for one of these, and because the teachers are professional, you’ll be getting a very solid background in music education from someone who’s learned in their instrument of choice, in this case the piano. Before you sign up for a course at a college though, look into the school’s admissions policy, because you will technically be a student albeit not in the traditional academic sense.

There can also be listings in the Yellow Pages of the phone directory under ‘Musical Instruction’. They may not be in the immediate area, but teachers listed in your Yellow Pages will be in your area code, which is generally in close proximity. 
These are all methods to find a piano teacher. Odds are you’ll have the best luck at a music store or college, but no matter what you choose, there’s bound to be a way to learn how to play piano from an experienced teacher in your area. All it takes is a little resourcefulness and knowing where exactly to look. If none of the above choices work, you can also go to your local church and ask about lessons there. Music lessons often are held in churches by the church choir or instrumental director.

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