People have been learning how to play the piano for centuries, so the job title of “piano teacher” has been in demand throughout history. While there are no official educational requirements for the position, a piano teacher should have, at minimum, proven experience in playing the piano at an advanced level. Experience with teaching or a musical degree from an accredited university are highly beneficial, and piano teachers are also encouraged to attend workshops or seminars which often provide certification and help them develop further as teachers.
Experience aside, piano teachers must be well-equipped to educate students, which means having a properly-serviced piano or keyboard and educational materials such as sheet music. Some piano teachers choose to teach privately and operate out of their own home or travel to their students’ locations, while others work within established organizations such as musical schools, conservatories, and even public/private school systems.
The daily duties and responsibilities of a piano teacher vary depending on the level of his/her students. They are generally expected to work with students to ensure that they properly understand even the most basic elements of playing the instrument, such as proper finger placement, how to operate the pedal, and how to read sheet music. After the basics have been mastered, piano teachers help students cultivate their skills, prepare for auditions, and challenge them by encouraging them to develop and compose their own music.