There are several ways you can choose to learn the piano in Singapore. You can either learn it online through YouTube lessons, or you could hire a private home piano teacher, or you could learn from a music school. The above are all possible options in Singapore. However, not all options are equally beneficial for you. Let us take a look at some considerations before you make a right decision.
Do you wish to get ABRSM accredited?
First of all, do you wish to pursue the ABRSM graded examinations? If your answer to this question is a yes, then you will want to learn from a professional teacher either from a music school or hired privately. The reason for this is because they will be able to shortcut your learning curve by at least half. Unless you intend to potentially take 16 years to pass the ABRSM exams, you should learn from a private home piano teacher or a school.
This is because when it comes to passing the ABRSM examinations, the theory can get pretty complicated when it is grade 4 and 5. You will need to pass at least grade 5 theory to take the practical exams for grade 6 and up. Therefore, my recommendation to you is to learn from a private piano teacher in Singapore or a music school if your goal is to pass Grade 8 practical ABRSM exams.
If your answer is no, then… read on
Second of all, if you answer is no to the above question, then you have more options. Let us then look at what you want to learn the piano for. If your purpose is to learn a song for an occasion – such as for your wedding or for your 21st birthday party, then there is no real need to learn from a teacher. You can save money by actually simply taking simple online piano tutorials.
The gist is that if you wish to get professionally accredited, you will save yourself lots of headaches and time if you get a professional teacher. If not, you can self educate yourself.