What to Look for in a Piano Teacher

Learning to play the piano is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time and daily practice. But knowing where to start and when to progress can be difficult. If you’re looking to begin your musical journey, you’ll need someone to help you get started. At Ogden Piano Gallery, we believe the right teacher should encourage and inspire budding pianists with patience and creativity. They should bring experience and a pleasant temperament to the table.

Here we elaborate on what we consider to be essential qualities of a great instructor. We’ll also go into tips for finding someone to help you along your way.

Qualities of an Outstanding Piano Teacher


One would certainly hope that your mentor would know how to play the piano, and know how to play it well. He or she should bring a plethora of musical knowledge to the table with every intention of sharing it with you.

Apart from musical experience, your piano tutor should be an established and credible teacher. A pianist may possess the perfect musical skills, but if they lack the proper teaching skills, it may be a good idea to continue your search.


Learning to play the piano is a work in progress that requires hard work and dedication. And we’re going to be completely honest: you’re going make mistakes… a lot of them. Even professionals trip over notes sometimes, but have learned from experience to keep going. The right teacher should show patience toward their students while motivating them to become the best musicians they can be.

Pleasant Temperament

A piano teacher’s temperament says a lot about their personality. You should expect some strictness, and that’s a good thing. It means that he or she will help you commit to learning how to play. That firmness is in reality encouraging you to constantly be trying yourself. That’s how you will improve.

But the strictness should also balance with a pleasant, motivational, and nurturing attitude. Learning the piano should be a fun experience. It is rigorous and requires work, but a kind demeanor from your mentor should help you see why this is a skill to fall in love with. Keep this in mind during the interview process.


Music is more than just a series of keys and notes. There’s also creativity and emotion involved. The right instructor should encourage their students to truly enjoy the music. Look for a teacher who understands the value of creativity and individuality.

How to Find a Piano Mentor

Now that you know what qualities to look for in your instructor, here are some helpful tips on how to begin your search. 

1. Know what you’re looking for

Before you begin your search, it’s best to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What’s my budget?
  • What’s my schedule?
  • What do I hope to accomplish?
  • What qualifications should my teacher have?

This mental checklist will expedite your search.

2. Do Your Research

Instead of committing to the first person you find, you’ll want to do your research. To save time, ask friends and family for recommendations. In addition to your peers, local music stores and schools can provide suggestions for piano teachers. You can also check the Music Teachers National Association to find piano teachers located in your area.

3. Meet Potential Teachers

Meeting and interviewing piano instructors is essential to determine if they’d be a good fit for you or your child. During the interview process, focus on questions about their teaching style, qualifications, and methods. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a list of references.

Music lessons can help you and your children become more creative, confident, and disciplined.

The benefits of music are indisputable. To reap these benefits, be sure to take your time during your piano teacher search.

Additional Resources

Looking for group music lessons in Ogden? Check out Jacks’ Class, a senior piano/keyboard/organ class offered to hobby players. This class is designed for beginners to advanced players and contains about 110 students each week. If you have always had the dream of learning to play and would like to learn, please contact us for enrollment information and start making music of your own today!

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