Choosing A Music Teacher

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Being able to play an instrument is one of those skills that many of us would love to have. We are envious of people who can sit down at the piano and play a simple tune, or who can strum a guitar along to their favorite songs on the radio. Many people learn their music skills as a child, but it is never too late to learn and across the country there are people of all ages learning guitar, piano and many other instruments. But how do you go about finding a good teacher?


For parents looking for a teacher for their children, the best place to start is with other children who are learning too. Ask the parents if they would recommend the teacher who is working with their children, and if not, why not. It is also easier to talk to other parents about the teaching styles and prices of individual teachers than it is with the teachers themselves. Be aware though that good teachers with a high reputation are often full to capacity, and your child may have to wait several months or longer before a slot becomes available.


Most large towns and cities have a music shop or some description and this is often one of the best places to seek advice on tuition. For example, a guitar shop may well have a noticeboard full of cards from people offering to teach, and the staff in the guitar shop will also be knowledgeable about where to start looking for a tutor. Staff will also be able to give advice on buying an instrument for a beginner as there is no point investing several hundreds of pounds in a top of the range guitar only to find you do not enjoy playing it and give up after a few weeks.


There are all sorts of music websites online, from corporate sites aimed at helping you choose what brand of piano or violin to choose, to forums for learners and players of certain instruments. These forums can be particularly rich sources of information and advice, and people are more than happy to help a newcomer who shows an interest in getting involved with their favourite hobby. Some music teachers may also have their own websites, but personal recommendation is always better than picking a teacher at random from their website.


Traditionally, most music teachers have taught towards the Grade exams. Learners start with the very basics and then take their Grade 1 exam, before progressing through the levels to the highest exam of Grade 8. However taking exams is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially for adults who have left their school days far behind them. Some teachers prefer to teach exam syllabus only, and others are happy to teach in a less structured manner to follow the pupil’s individual interests. Establish with your teacher at an early stage how the teacher prefers to teach, and make it clear from the outset whether or not you wish to be entered for the music exams.

This post was generously provided by Westmount Music.

Westmount Music is a music and guitar shop in Maidenhead offering not only a wide range of instruments and accessories but world-class tuition on all manner of musical instruments.


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  • richa August 28, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this guide on finding a music teacher. I have been wanting to learn a musical instrument too and you are right, it is never too late to start.

  • Dipa August 31, 2012, 12:27 am

    I am so keen on my 9 year old learning music. He had a few piano teachers but he gave up. Can’t say i blame them completely, it is also due to the fact that we moved a great deal. Now I am on the lookout for another one. Thanks for these tips!

  • Aayna September 1, 2012, 8:42 pm

    I seriously want to learn a musical instrument, music is a way to touch the soul. I consider the task of selecting a music teacher as a daunting exercise. The post provided a thorough guide on how to make the selection. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  • Kristine September 2, 2012, 8:56 pm

    A music teacher is just what my daughter needs so thanks for coming up with this great guide 🙂

  • Joy September 2, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? 🙂 I learned to play the piano when I turned 30 and I got myself a patient and determined music teacher. It’s just a matter of having the willingness to learn. Thanks for the share!

  • Jazz Zangeres September 6, 2012, 12:38 am

    It’s a very good idea to start with researching the experiences of others – I fully agree!

    • Deborah E September 27, 2012, 7:26 am

      Hi Jazz, Yes, always a good thing to research. Glad you liked our guest post 😉

  • Twinkle Sinha September 5, 2018, 6:24 pm

    Helpful article for searching a music teacher for my daughter.

    • Deborah E January 9, 2019, 2:33 pm

      I’m glad that you found the article helpful. I wish all success and dreams come true when it comes to your daughter following her musical endeavors. If she sticks with it and mixes in a bit of passion, she can surely succeed and enjoy the process. -Deborah

  • Omeiza Ibrahim January 13, 2019, 3:44 am

    Nice post

  • John January 16, 2019, 6:41 am

    Nice article!
    My 4 years old son very interested in learning the piano. I am looking for a good teacher for my son, then I read your article it’s really very helpful and will follow your tips and recommendations to find a good teacher for my son.


    • Deborah E February 6, 2019, 5:05 pm

      I wish you well in your search for a music teacher for your son. It is never too early (or too late) to begin (and continue) the musical journey. Also, there is so much to be found within. The music teacher may be the coach, the beauty comes from within the person expressing it.

  • Jake January 17, 2019, 8:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your article for music. This is what I was searching for so long.

    • Deborah E February 8, 2019, 8:58 pm

      I’m glad you found that helpful, Jake. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mike January 17, 2019, 10:59 am

    I am so keen on my 18-year-old learning music. I am on the lookout for another one. Thanks for these tips!

    • Deborah E February 6, 2019, 5:04 pm

      I’m glad to hear that you would like your 18-year-old to learn music. Music is a beautiful part of life.

  • supergirl season 5 full watch online August 6, 2019, 5:58 am

    Thanks for sharing this guide on finding a music teacher.

    • Deborah E August 14, 2019, 8:37 pm

      You are very welcome. I hope it is helpful. 🙂

  • Sachin Raj April 11, 2020, 12:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Deborah E July 23, 2020, 11:41 am

      Sure thing, Sachin. Glad it helped. -Deborah