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Is Being A Piano Teacher In Singapore A Viable Option?

In the expensive city of Singapore, everyone is working hard and smart to achieve financial success, so that they can provide for themselves, and their families. In this case, is being a piano teacher a viable option? Is it sensible and responsible to become a piano teacher instead of something more mainstream such as becoming an accountant or engineer? You will be surprised to know that many private piano teachers in Singapore make much more money than these typical mainstream types of career people.

First of all, when it comes to deciding a career path, there are three key elements you want to consider for the long term. The first will be starting income, the second will be growth, and the third will be freedom in no particular order.

When you become a private piano teacher in Singapore, you are essentially self employed. This means that income starts from zero. Even if you were to compare this to a toilet cleaner who gets around $1000 a month before CPF, you will lose. However, as you can already guess, there are way more things to consider than starting pay.

The second will be growth. If you were to compare to a typical, average engineer or accountant who graduated from either a local Polytechnic or University, they typically increase their income by approximately 5 to 10% a year for estimated 5 years, after which, they will hit a glass ceiling and they must become the next tier to see any further increase – e.g. become a manager. Most typical locals only become managers at the age of 32 to 35. They will then see tiny increases in income for 3-7 years, then they will hit another glass ceiling. Most people never exceed beyond here except perhaps less than 0.1% of the entire population. This means that most Polytechnic and University graduates start at around $2000 to $3500 for their first job, and see an increase up till $4000 to $5500 after around 5 years, and then see and increase up till around $7000 to $8000 as a manger and stagnate there forever. Keep in mind, this is not the only consideration, let us now look at freedom.

The third criteria you should always consider is freedom. As an employee or manager, you will always be working 5 or 6 days a week, and overtime is usually not decided by you but by a boss. Usually this means working around 8 to 12 hours a day, depending on your job. To go on holidays with your family, you will need to apply leave, which you may get around 7 to 14 days a year. If you are sick or late for work, your boss will fire you if he doesn’t quite like you. Office politics also make a lot of Singaporeans fall sick yearly due to unnecessary stress on top of already existing workplace conditions.

Now, so how does all these compare to taking up a career as a private piano teacher in Singapore?

Starting income wise, you will be starting lower than expected. When it comes to growth, it is really dependent on you. If you work hard, willing to work and teach well, actively seek out students instead of relying on students coming to you, or perhaps even join a private piano teacher-student agency such as SG LEARN PIANO, you will be able to grow at 100% per year! You could start at $1500 per month by the end of 6 to 12 months, but then suddenly grow up to $3000 per month, then $6000 and beyond in a very short period of time. This is the exponential effect that only a self employed person can experience, that no employees will be able to match by far. Also, when it comes to freedom, you are free to fire clients. If there is a problematic student, just politely decline them and stop working with them. You will still have more or less the same income. In fact, you will have more income because you can then put the time into getting and teaching a better piano student in Singapore. This is definitely not the case when you have a job. When you have a job, if you fire your boss or your boss fires you, your salary drops to $0 income immediately.

How Much Do Private Piano Teachers Make In Singapore?

Here is a quick summary of how much you can expect to be making as a private piano teacher in Singapore.

First of all, let us talk about the fees that you can be expecting to charge. This is based on an ABRSM grade 8 qualified teacher. If you are a Diploma teacher, you may be able to charge $10 to $30 more per month and still get students. Grade 1 students to Grade 4 students generally get 45 minutes per lesson and once per week. Grade 5 and above students generally get 1 hour per lesson and once per week. The charges start from around $130 for Grade 1 up till around $310 for grade 8. This means that an average student will be able to nett you around $220 per month. 10 students will mean that you will be making $2200 per month, and so on.

Second of all, it really depends if you are doing this part time or full time. When you are a full timer, you will definitely be able to make more than a person working part time. This is definitely the case because you can have students and carry out those lessons in the day time, rather than only on week nights or weekends. As each student will take up approximately 1 hour, and travelling time from one place to another within the similar vicinity in Singapore is around 30 minutes, you will need to portion around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours for each student. If you work part time, you can generally only have 2 students per weeknight, and around 5-7 on each day of the weekend. If you work full time, you can have around 5-7 students every day. This means that you can have approximately 22 students if you work part time if you take 2 students per weeknight and 6 students per weekend day. This means approximately $4840 per month. If you work full time, you can take around 6 students every day, which translates to 35 students per week. This is equivalent to an estimated $7700 per month!

Third of all, even if you were to work part time or full time, it also depends how much free time you want to have. To be realistic, the above is best case scenario, if you were to work every day. If you want to get that many students, then it is definitely important to be a great teacher, keep asking for referrals, and ideally partner up with a Singapore piano teacher agency so you can find students through them as well as an additional source of students. One of the best and upcoming agencies SG Learn Piano has some part time piano teacher jobs vacancies for you to get.

Getting A Piano Teacher Job In Singapore – Worth It Or Not?

If you have always wanted to become a private piano teacher and provide music lessons to students in Singapore, then read on to find out whether this career choice is worth it or not!

First of all, whether a job is worth it or not is usually based on two things – do you like the ups and can you accept the downs of the job, and how much money do you actually think is enough.

First of all, here are some advantages you gain in your career when you become a private piano teacher in Singapore. You will be able to set your own schedule. Do you dislike working at 5pm on a Friday afternoon? Done. You don’t have to take a student at that timing. Do you love working at 10am on Sunday mornings? Done. You can work during that timing as long as you can find a willing student. You will also be able to set your own rates. Of course, this is still within limits as if you set it too low, you are undercutting yourself, and if you charge way too high, you will find it slightly tougher to get enough students to sustain a reasonable living. You will also be able to select where you want to take your jobs from. Do you stay in Jurong? Then perhaps you want to only teach private piano students in the west part of Singapore so that you can teach more students due to a shorter traveling time. If you prefer working with kids, you can work with kids music lessons. If you like working with adults, you can specialize in teaching adult music students only! You essentially get freedom when you become a freelance private piano teacher in Singapore even if you work under an agency.

Second of all, here are some disadvantages of the job. If you are not capable of getting students by yourself, or refuse to join an agency, then chances are, you will struggle. You are self employed as a piano teacher in Singapore, and no one is going to guarantee your salary at the end of the month unlike that of a fixed pay job. Also, it is your duty to collect the money, teach and provide good customer service to your piano students so that you can keep the students long and keep getting referrals from the agency as they only want to recommend music students to actually good teachers with great reviews.

Third of all, whether becoming a private piano teacher in Singapore is worth it or not is also dependent on how much income you think is reasonable. If you want to buy 10 Lamborghinis, it’s probably the wrong choice to become a piano teacher. However, if making a comfortable $5000 to $6000 a month is good enough for you, then you should definitely become one! You get that kind of nice income while still having a lifestyle freedom due to being self employed!

After reading this article, if you feel like being a piano teacher is your ideal decision, then contact one of Singapore’s best private piano agencies, www.linkedin.com/company/sglearnpiano/, for piano lesson gigs in Singapore.