As a Singaporean parent, you are probably thinking how to save some costs when it comes to piano lessons in Singapore for your child. I will show you some good ways to save costs when it comes to learning the piano without decreasing the quality of learning for your child at all (this is very important).
Firstly, you will save a lot of money by getting a second hand upright piano instead of a first hand piano or a grand piano. Of course, if you stay in a HDB or condo, you can probably only fit an upright piano into your home, and that is perfectly alright. Upright pianos are very good already. Next of all, if your child is not sure if he or she wants to learn piano all the way till grade 8 or for many years, then it is recommended to buy a second hand upright starter piano instead, just in case your child completely loses interest in it. This way, you can save unnecessary costs.
Secondly, you want to get your child a private piano teacher instead of sending him or her to a public music school. Most private piano teachers in Singapore are of decent calibre and are nice, patient people. The piano teachers at public schools are also the same, but you are paying through the roof if you go through public schools. This is because a lot of the additional fees you will need to pay if you were to enroll your child in music schools actually go to the school’s rental costs and administrative staff costs. Therefore, the best way to save money without compromising your child’s quality of learning is to send your child for private piano lessons in Singapore instead. You can either send your child to the teacher’s studio, or the more popular route is to get a private piano teacher (you can easily get one from a good local agency like SG-Learn-Piano) to go to your house to teach your child from the comfort of your own home. This way, it will be safer for your child, and more convenient for you as a parent too.
Thirdly, unless your child wants to become a piano teacher in future and/or absolutely wishes to, there is no need to apply or register for ABRSM theory examinations past grade 5. This is because your child needs to pass grade 5 theory before he or she can take the practical examinations past grade 5. However, if your child has no inclination to be a teacher in future and/or has no interest in very advanced piano theory, there is no need to send your child for ABRSM piano theory examinations after passing grade 5. You can then save on these unnecessary ABRSM examinations application costs which can cost hundreds of dollars each time, and more as your child goes up in the grades.
If you are a kiasu Singaporean parent looking for private home piano lessons for your child in Singapore, then read up! I will tell you about the various piano learning related costs you may want to note down so that you can make a good, informed decision for you and your child!
First of all, piano lesson fees charged by private home piano teachers in Singapore are heavily dependent on the ABRSM grade that your child is learning. The higher the grades, the more expensive, and vice versa. This fee is slightly higher if the teacher is a Diploma accredited teacher, versus a Grade 8 ABRSM teacher. It usually starts from around $140 a month for 4 lessons for Grade 1 up till around $320 a month for 4 lessons for Grade 8. Expect between $1500 to $1800 as a start, and up to around $3500 to $4000 for the higher grades a year. Thankfully your child starts from the lower grades and progress upwards, so you have more time to make more money to afford the higher grades piano lessons easily. If you want to get a good private piano teacher in Singapore for your child, then you may want to contact the best agency in Singapore here: https://www.sglearnpiano.com/contact/)
Second of all, the elephant in the room – the piano! Yes that is right. If you want your child to truly master playing the piano, you must get him or her a piano at home to practise on. A keyboard will not work as the weight of the keys and the feel of the keys are completely different from that of an actual piano. Just an upright piano is enough in almost all cases, and if you want a better one, get a upright grand piano e.g. the Yamaha U5. There is no real need to get a grand piano unless you want to keep it whether or not your child wants to continue learning music. This is because some children do not want to continue learning the piano beyond a few initial years of learning! A first hand upright piano costs between $6000 to $15,000. A grand piano costs around $18,000 to $30,000. Thankfully for you, interest fee payments are available for nearly every piano brand out there in Singapore.
Third of all, piano examinations cost money. The registration of the examinations for your child will be done by his or her teacher, and you will then need to reimburse the teacher for the fees. It costs upwards of $120 for the lower grades and much higher for the higher ABRSM grades piano examinations. This is the case for both the theory and practical parts of the ABRSM examinations. If your child does not intend to be a piano teacher in future in Singapore, then there’s no need to take beyond ABRSM grade 5 theory examinations. This is because he or she needs to pass the Grade 5 theory examination before he or she is allowed to take the practical grades up till Grade 8. If your child just wants to be able to play the piano, then there’s no need to learn beyond Grade 5 theory. Just stop there. However, if he or she eventually intends to take up a piano teacher job either as a sideline or his or her main career, then it is strongly advisable to learn up till at least Grade 8 for the theory part of piano as well so that he or she will be able to get a wider base of students in future.
Piano books and scores cost money. It is illegal to download from the Internet, and while some students get away with that, your child is definitely not allowed to take the official ABRSM piano examinations with the downloaded scores. Only the official ABRSM book which must be paid for can be brought for use in the ABRSM examinations. Always pay for these books, unless you intend to eventually get sued. Thankfully, these books generally are cheap and only cost between $10 to $30 per book.
If you want to get high marks in your Singapore ABRSM piano exams, then here are some tips that you must apply. Of course, you also need a good private piano teacher in Singapore if you want to score well, you may want to contact a teacher from a local private piano teacher agency in Singapore like https://sglearnpiano.tumblr.com.
First of all, on the day before the exam, practise normally. Some students get nervous and practise like mad 1 day before, driving up stress levels. Unfortunately with piano exams, stress does not help you perform better, and perhaps will only make you miss notes. Any last minute practice is also too late for you to rectify any mistakes. It is only to allow your muscle memory to be slightly stronger.
Second of all, on the day of the exam, make sure to arrive relatively early. And a very big tip, but relatively unknown is to drink hot water before that and wear a warm jacket before you enter the piano examination room. ABRSM piano exam rooms in Singapore are famously cold due to the strong air conditioning. You want to make sure that you’re feeling slightly warm. If you only put on your jacket after you feel cold in the room, it probably means that your forearm muscles are already stiff from the cold, meaning that your fingers will not be as agile and nimble in executing the piano exam.
Next of all, always take the chance to warm up on the exam piano. It is perfectly alright to ask the examiner for this. Some people are worried or scared to ask the examiner. If you are one of them, then you shouldn’t blame the examiner if you do not score well 😛
Finally, always have a mock examination. I strongly recommend that you rent the piano examination room and have a piano lesson there once with your private teacher along with you. Then your teacher will act as the ABRSM music examiner and you will then go through the lesson as though you were having your real exam. Always have at least one mock exam session with your private piano teacher at the exam venue in Singapore.
It is from experience that I know that most local Singaporean students do not do too well in their ABRSM aural examinations. In fact, it seems to be their Archilles heel. However, I have some great tips to help you ace the aural examinations if you are a Singaporean student! Alas, if you want to get private piano lessons in Singapore, you may want to check out SG Learn Piano, a top agency in Singapore matching local students up with private music teachers.
Alright. So now let us move on to the tips proper.
First of all, the number one factor stopping Singaporean piano students from really acing the singing part is awkwardness. It has nothing to do with the students’ abilities. Asians and Singaporeans in generally are more ‘conservative’ and are afraid to sing out loudly in front of total strangers. This is especially the case when it comes to an exam situation where the environment can feel a little awkward. However, the key is to get over this awkwardness. Secret to doing this? Ignore the examiner. You are only bothered and feel awkward because you are worried what he or she thinks of you – but in the end, this makes you score even lower. Just sing confidently, do not bother at all about the examiner’s opinion of you because IT DOES NOT MATTER. Think in this manner when you enter the aural part of the piano ARBSM examinations and you will definitely perform much better than now.
Second of all, getting the rhythm right, and overall tune right is much more important than getting every single note right but messing up the rhythm and overall song. This is also another common mistake due to the perfectionism flaw existing in many Singaporean students due to the rigid academic teachings of local schools. Therefore, I want you to understand – rhythm and overall is more important than hitting 100% right notes. Have you heard a superstar singer hitting all the wrong tune and mess up the rhythm but sing the notes perfectly? No. Superstar singers may sometimes hit the notes slightly wrong, but their rhythm is always impeccable. Just like them, you need to understand this point and execute it well when it comes to your piano aural ABRSM examination.
Are you starting to learn the piano and taking piano lessons in Singapore? If you want to master playing the piano quicker, then read on.
The best way to master playing the piano is to have a good teacher for your piano classes in Singapore, and then the other important thing is to practise well and practise often. The frequency and regularity of your piano practice sessions can have a big impact on your mastery of the music instrument.
However, another big yet less well known tip that I like to ask my students to do is to simply go on YouTube – because admit it, most kids are already on YouTube anyway, to look for piano tutorials. There are lots of great ones, and I have even attached one such great tutorial video below. Make sure to learn them well, practise and practise. Although kids in Singapore already have hefty school schedules, it is still utterly imperative that they practise playing the piano if they want to become true masters of the music instrument!
However, please note that there is a big mistake that some music students tend to make when it comes to this trick that I just shared with you. Some students keep learning skills and tips on YouTube about playing the piano, but never ever practise them. This is bad because this means that no matter how much you learn, if you do not ever put it to practice, it is quite impossible for you to succeed at becoming a master!
First of all, the tips in this article will only be specific to local students taking their ABRSM examinations in Singapore, and is not general tips for the piano exams. If you are instead looking for a private piano teacher to teach you regimental lessons for your piano exams in the comfort of your home instead, then check out SG LEARN PIANO.
Firstly, the examination room is really cold to suit the foreign examiners who usually hail from cold European countries. As a local in Singapore, you are probably not used to the extreme cold, and even if you are, you may not be able to play the piano properly due to your forearm muscles feeling much colder than usual. Therefore, it is important to keep yourself sufficiently warm when you are in the examination room. It is better to err on the side of being slightly warm than slightly cold, so that your piano playing will sound normal and not forced.
Secondly, many Singaporeans are shy during the vocal part of the ABRSM piano examinations compared to their foreign counterparts. This is because most Singaporeans are relatively shy of publicly showing their singing skills. Therefore, make sure to practise this singing and always imagine there are lots of people in front of you. In fact, get over your awkwardness by getting family members to sit in front of your while you practise. Over time, you will grow numb to this supposed ‘awkwardness’ and you will also feel comfortable during the piano examinations.
Thirdly, a lot of local students use the examiners’ facial expressions to judge whether they have performed well or not. However, that is a mistake. These examiners are there because their job forces them too. Therefore, if they look unhappy, it probably means they want to be back home (let’s be realistic if your exam is late in the day) and has nothing to do with your scoring. However, if they look happy, it may not necessarily mean you performed well – it could simply mean that they just had a full lunch. Do not take their facial expressions as cue of how well or poorly you have performed. Just focus on doing well.
Have you ever wondered how much piano lessons cost in Singapore, especially if you want your child to attain the prestigious grade 8? Here is a breakdown of all the costs that you may experience when trying to get your child to piano ABRSM grade 8 proficiency level.
First of all, you will most likely need your child to invest in a piano at your own home. Practice is the number one thing that is needed to get your child up to the necessary proficiency level to pass his/her grade 8 examinations eventually. If you want to buy an upright (regular) piano, you can get a second hand one for around $4000, while you can get a new one from $7000 to $15000. There is no need to get a grand piano when he/she is just starting out.
Second of all, let us take a look at the piano lesson fees. You could either send your child to a music school, or the popular choice is to simply engage a private piano teacher to your home to teach him/her. This is the popular choice as they are usually cheaper than schools, more convenient than schools, and your child gets to learn on his/her own piano. Piano lessons are usually once a week. If you were to take private home piano lessons in Singapore, you will need to pay between $130 for Grade 1 and up till $350 for Grade 8 monthly. This is the rates for a private piano teacher, and it will be higher if you were to learn from schools. Just get a private piano teacher, and if you do not know how to find one, ask for an agency on Google or ask a friend for referral (only use this method if your friend’s child actually passed the exams on the first try.) Most children in Singapore take 1 year to pass each grade. Taking an average of $250 per month and $3000 per year, total piano lessons over 8 years will cost around $24000. Add in inflation and price hikes, you will be looking at around $30000.
Third of all, ABRSM piano exams cost money. To take all of the examinations once and pass it on the first attempt, you will need approximately $3700.
As you can see, piano lessons are not cheap. However, they are a great form of investment in your child. Some people say that they want their child to learn the piano so that they can teach others piano part time in future to earn extra income. That is true. However, another great benefit of having your child learn the piano, especially if your child is still in his/her primary school years, is that there are many studies which show that playing the piano is directly correlated to increase in a child’s IQ. Therefore, if you want your child to go to a good school, perhaps invest in getting him/her piano lessons too on top of regular tuition classes! After all… you cannot be overly kiasu.