Find out how to lower the cost of music lessons for kids in Singapore.
Every kid needs a hobby, and as far as many Singaporean parents are concerned, it is better that that hobby be playing a musical instrument than extreme skateboarding or pole dancing.
Here are some tips for lowering the cost of music lessons for your budding Mozart.
1. Fortnightly Instead of Weekly Lessons
80% of your child’s progress is going to depend on how hard he or she practises. You can resurrect Beethoven himself to teach your child, but if zero practice takes place in between lessons, your kid will learn more about musicianship by watching MTV.
To be brutally honest, most children don’t practise enough to warrant weekly lessons and would do better with fortnightly lessons instead, which would give them an extra week to master new material taught in class.
If your child is a fast learner, you can request that the teacher cover more material in class, which your child can then practise at home. This also instantly halves the amount you pay for lessons.
2. Consider Hiring Tertiary-level Music Students
There are lots of teachers who will proudly tell you they have a Grade 8 certificate. Do not be impressed by this qualification.
In reality, not all of them are as good as they say—in fact, I have come across Grade 8 teachers who could barely sight-read a Grade 3 piece (to put things in perspective, many 9-year-old kids can play at Grade 3 standard).
On the other hand, a full-fledged music teacher with a music degree or performing experience can be quite costly to hire.
One option is to hire music students studying for degrees or diplomas in music at NAFA, Lasalle or the NUS Conservatory.
They might not be as cheap as your next-door neighbour who’s been learning the violin for four years and now wants to make some extra pocket money, but the quality of their playing will be much higher.
As to whether they’re a good fit personality-wise, you as a parent need to observe lessons and gather feedback from your child.
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