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Piano Teacher Salary Singapore – How Much Can You Make?

How much salary can you make as a full time piano teacher in Singapore? Let us explore the piano teacher salaries for both private and school teachers.

Let us first talk about private piano teachers. Basically, as a private piano teacher, you are basically self employed. You set your hours, you get your own students and you charge your own rates.

Let us make a few assumptions here:

  • You are grade 8 or Diploma certified
  • You intend to work full time only
  • You are hardworking, and do not mind working on weekends/weekdays and night time
  • You are willing to travel (within reason) in Singapore

An average teacher charges approximately $140 per month for Grade 1 students. This increases an average of $10 to $20 per month per grade until it reaches around $300 per month for Grade 8 students. This means that if you teach students across the various different grades, you make approximately $200 per student per month.

If travelling time between each student’s location is a conservative 1 hour, then each student will take you around 2 hours per day. This is inclusive of travelling time. Keep in mind that in reality, you will probably take way less than 1 hour to travel between student’s houses.

Assuming that you work a normal 8 hours a day, that is 4 students per day. If you work 5 days a week, that is a total of 20 students a week, which is also equivalent to 20 students a month. If you want more students as a private piano teacher in Singapore, you can contact a local music teacher agency like SG Learn Piano.

As a result of that, you can conservatively expect to make $4000 per month, with no need for deduction for compulsory CPF due to you being fully self employed. This means you will keep in your pocket approximately $4000 per month teaching 4 students a day for 5 days a week. If you work more or less, that can affect your salary as a private piano teacher in Singapore.

Now let us talk about how much you can make as a school piano tutor in Singapore.

As a music teacher working at a music school in Singapore, the average salary is around $2200 to $3500 per month. This is pretty standard and the same across the entire Singapore across different music schools. This means that your net per month is around $1800 to $2800 per month.

So there you go, that is how much you can expect to make in terms of your salary if you are a music teacher in Singapore!

How To Be A Full Time Home Piano Tutor In Singapore – 3 Tips

Here are three tips to help you become a full time home piano teacher in Singapore.

Firstly, if you intend to become full time at some point in your career as a piano teacher in Singapore, you must take your ABRSM gradings up till at least grade 8 ABRSM. If you are below that, you will severely struggle to attract customers and students. This is because you cannot teach students as they reach your level or higher if you are below grade 8. Since many students in Singapore are looking to pass Grade 8 eventually, you will lose a lot of students there. Additionally, parents of students who learn the piano are usually middle class and above. This means that they rather pay a few dollars more a month for a piano teacher who is grade 8 or Diploma qualified than paying for your services. As a result of this, you must take up till grade 8 as a bare minimum for your ABRSM qualifications.

Secondly, giving great piano lessons are not just about being highly qualified academically. That just puts you through the door. Teaching is your main job – transferring your knowledge to your students. The more effective you do this and helping them master the piano, the more students you will be able to retain. Notice that this does not automatically get you more students yet. I will talk more about that in the next tip. Therefore, other than being minimally grade 8 qualified, you want to take courses on how to teach effectively. You want every advantage you can possibly imagine over other teachers in Singapore if you want to thrive as a full time music teacher in Singapore!

Thirdly, you cannot be a full time piano teacher without sufficient students. The above two are just good foundations to build your career on, but it will not be able to kickstart your career as a piano teacher. You will need customers/students. How do you do that? I strongly recommend that you start partnering with a local piano teacher agency such as Awesome Piano Lessons by Awesome Group, TheHappyPianist or SGLearnPiano. Start this as soon as you made up your mind to be a music teacher. Ideally, you want to do this while you are still schooling or working a job somewhere else. This is the ideal way to kickstart your career. This is because such an agency will be able to get you customers/students on top of your own efforts, basically doubling the rate at which you can become full time. Additionally, some students will always drop off over time – some because of personal reasons while others because they have reached grade 8 or even Diploma. You must be very mentally prepared for this. Therefore, by partnering with an agency on top of your own student searching efforts, you will be able to guarantee your rice bowl.

How Much Does It Cost To Learn Piano In Singapore?

If you are looking for private piano lesson, make sure to read the following first to find out the rough cost it takes to learn the piano in Singapore before proceeding!

Grade 1 to 2 (45 minutes weekly lessons): $140 to $210

Grade 3 to 4 (45 minutes weekly lessons): $180 to $240

Grade 5 to 6 (60 minutes weekly lessons): $230 to $270

Grade 7 to 8 (60 minutes weekly lessons): $260 to $330

Diploma (60 minutes weekly lessons): $350 to $450

Piano lessons’ fees usually vary, and the following are some of the main factors which determine any teacher’s particular rate.

1. Full time piano teachers generally charge more

First of all, full time teachers generally charge more. This is because they are usually more experienced, and therefore they do charge a small premium for their services. This is not true all of the time, but sometimes. So do not be surprised if you see this.

2. The length of a teacher’s career

The longer the career of a teacher, the more he or she will charge for the piano lessons. This is because the teacher would have spent more years teaching students and knowing what students want more.

3. The qualifications of the teacher

Although most teachers have at least grade 8 ABRSM certifications, some teachers have a Diploma or even a Masters in music. These higher educated teachers tend to command and charge a higher fee for their teaching services.

4. The location of the piano lessons

If the teacher is teaching the piano lesson at his or her own studio, then they will usually charge slightly less. However, as most teachers travel to the student’s home, the teachers will factor in an additional cost which compensates them for their time, effort and costs travelling.

5. The age of the student

Some teachers tend to charge more for adult piano lessons. This is because adult piano students tend to have more infrequent lessons, more lesson reschedules due to work commitment as well as learning for a shorter period of time overall.

If you are looking for home piano lessons,

How To Prepare For Your Piano Exams In Singapore – 4 Tips!

One of the key things you want to do to prepare for your piano exams in Singapore is to practise without using the pedals because you want to make sure that your fingers are really connected well. This is especially the case for legato songs.

Another great way to practise and prepare for your piano exams is to practise mentally and away from your piano. When you can conceptualise the sound and the fingering without even moving your fingers nor looking at the scores, this means that you are extremely familiar with the scores, which is a great thing.

Another important tip to prepare for your piano exams is to play for your friends or relatives in a setting that is comfortable but is formal.

You also want to be mentally prepared and know that some examiners will be harsh because they are doing their job. From their point of view, they may be feeling cold or hungry and just want to go home or go for lunch. Therefore, you sometimes see some of them being grumpy. Do note that an examiner’s smiling or sulking has nothing to do with the scores you are going to get during your piano exams. I have been through exams where the examiner was sulking the whole time and I scored a distinction. On the other hand, I have been through piano tests where the examiner was smiling and complimenting me and I barely passed.

Anyway, for more tips, please refer to the video below on preparing for a piano exam in Singapore!