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What to look out for
Qualifications such as a recognised Diploma (in performance or teaching) or a degree in which piano studies are an important component
Experience teaching a range of different ages and abilities, and the styles of music you prefer
A professional outlook, with an organised schedule and clearly established terms and conditions
Evidence of continuing professional development such as attendance at master classes, summer schools, concerts and courses
Membership of professional bodies such as the MU, the ISM or EPTA-UK
Many good teachers will offer an initial consultation lesson
All teachers should offer a short cooling off period at the start of the contract
Questions to ask
is the teacher CRB checked?
what is the teaching room or studio like?
does the teacher have enthusiasm for music, and for teaching?
do they teach theory and note reading?
do they actively develop pupils' listening skills?
can they teach improvising and/ or composition?
how does the teacher help pupils build up good practice habits?
are pupil concerts arranged regularly?
is a range of musical styles introduced?
are progress reports given?
is the teacher organised and business-like?
does s/he enter pupils successfully for exams?
up to which practical and theoretical grades or diplomas does s/he prepare students?