If one were to look for a violin teacher in Singapore, one option will be through friends or relatives who have had lessons and can recommend a suitable coach. Another option will be through a Violin School Singapore, or through an agent.
What is the difference between the two? Let me point out three possible differences:
The former is a registered business while the latter may be operated by an individual (or a group of people) who may not necessarily have a registered company.
The former most likely have brick and mortar premises which includes properly fitted out and sound proof music studios where lessons are conducted, and also offer a range of musical instruments for students to select. The latter could just operate out as a home based business, with the sole purpose of matching teachers to students.
In terms of a long term relationship, the former may be a better choice as they may have on their payroll, full time music teachers. The accountability in terms of the quality of music lessons as well as commitment of teachers may be more stable. The latter may only focus on closing as many cases as possible for a commission paid by music teachers, with little or no follow up on how the student progresses.
If you have decided to learn to play the violin and search for a teacher through a music school, these are the key areas you will want to look out for in deciding which Singapore Violin School to work with:
Location of the violin school. In order to save time, you can look for one which is close to where you stay, or near to your work place. If you are looking for a teacher for your child, an option will be a music school which is a stone’s throw away from your child’s academic school.
The speciality of the music school. Check if the school specializes in bowed strings instruments, piano, guitar or woodwind musical instruments. Since you are looking to start learning the violin, the first choice will be the best. In all probability, a school specializing in bowed strings instruments will have a wider selection of teachers in that niche.
Look through the profiles of the teachers in the violin school Singapore. Be aware that in a “branded” school, the quality of teachers may not be the same throughout. The school should have a portfolio of teachers detailing music background, music qualifications, number of years of teaching experience, as well as other important information so potential students can make and informed decision before signing up for lessons. Once you have narrowed down your choice to a few teachers, you may wish to have a discussion with each teacher to get an understanding of the coaching methods used, the approach to music, as well as answer any other queries you may have. Some of the points you may wish to discuss with your potential teacher is to assess if you would like to learn the violin via the leisure or the examinations route, what sort of time frame the coach thinks you will take to achieve certain milestones, based on your music background. Finally, you may request for a trial lesson with the coach and assess the synergy level between both parties.
Flexibility in terms of lessons scheduling. Some music schools have draconian rules with regards to arranging for alternative timing for lessons, strictly no cancellation of lessons unless for compassionate reasons, requiring students to completed lessons by a certain time period, and so on. While it is understandable that a violin school is also a business which needs to take care of turn over and profit margins, you need to understand what the cancellation policy is, as well as the termination requirements are, before you enrol.
Quality of testimonials and reviews. A reputable violin school Singapore will have many students, whether current or past, giving glowing feedback on their experience learning the play the violin with teachers in that school. Since it is relatively easy to post reviews online, you may request to speak face to face with a few of their existing students so as to ascertain the authenticity of the reviews of the violin school.
I hope that you now have a better idea as to what areas to look out for when deciding which school to go for. As a well know violin school, Stradivari Strings has a strong team of music teachers who can coach well. Contact us at +65-98137769 to arrange lessons. We can arrange lessons either at your home, our teacher’s studio or at our music studio at Sultan Plaza.Book Lessons