Piano teachers usually work freelance or in a music school to teach private piano lessons, either from home or the students’ residences. Classes may be taught on an individual basis or in a group setting, and many years of experience playing piano are necessary for this position while some professional experience may also be necessary. They may teach students at a range of levels, from beginners to the more experienced.
Some positions require piano teachers to have a college degree in music, and of course they must be able to read musical notation and teach music theory to students. The ability to relay information to others in a patient, understandable, and engaging manner is essential in this position, and teaching techniques may need modifications to fit the needs of students. An audition may be necessary before being hired for some positions, and marketing skills are beneficial to gain new clients while good customer service is important for retaining them.
Most piano teaching positions are part-time, though some full-time jobs are available in musical training schools. Many piano teachers have flexible schedules and should be able to adjust them based on the needs of clients. Organizational skills are important to work well with multiple students, and some preparation for lessons may be required, such as preparing theory work and reviewing practice-pieces for students.