The piano is an interesting musical instrument that is enjoyable by all pianists and music lovers. Generally, every Nigerian is known to enjoy singing and listening to music. People are beginning to have different musical instruments such as piano, guitar, etc. at home. The melodious rhythm from the piano and other musical set has a way of soothing the soul. As the awareness of playing a musical instrument begins to grow, more and more people are looking for ways to learn the piano.
So how do you start your journey to becoming a piano guru?
This article is focused on providing you with necessary information such as how to find a good piano tutor and what it entails to master piano playing skills.
Getting a piano tutor from your religious gathering
If you are a Christian, it is very likely that your religious gathering will have more than one pianist. As a matter of fact, some top musicians in Nigeria started from the choir at a tender age, and they were able to learn how to improve the voice and play one or two musical instruments.
Some churches even go as far organizing piano lessons for kids for free so as to train the kids from a tender age. If you are looking for piano lessons for beginners, you may want to to talk to your pianist in your church to know if it could be possible.
You should already be aware that learning piano is not free, but because you are using an instructor from your religious gathering, he may decide to give you a better rate. You might even be lucky to get free training, but you shouldn't expect a free piano lesson to be as effective as the paid ones.
Asking friends and family for recommendation on piano teacher
This is yet another good way to find a tested and proven piano teacher. Using family and friends is not limited to finding a piano tutor alone, If you want to learn anything, it is advisable to contact a person around you that has gone through the path you are planning to embark.
One would say, since the internet is easily accessible to virtually everybody, finding a tutor for music education should not be an issue. While it is true to an extent that the internet will help a lot, it is also wise for you to seek advice from the people close to you. It is possible that at least one person you know has gone through piano training.
You can start by talking to your family, then extend it to friends if need be. You'll be surprised at the power of word of mouth and how it will spread within a short period of time. You never can tell, maybe one of their friends is a pianist.
Another good thing about getting a recommendation from family and friends is that they probably would have used the services of any piano player they are recommending to you. A good pianist should always get recommendations from his students. The reviews you get from friends and family is always authentic, and you are sure it is not one of those reviews that are fabricated just to get clients.
Now, since every human has a slightly different way of relating to people, you may want to make sure you meet with your potential tutor to see if the teacher-student relationship would be worth it. Don't just jump into conclusion because a teacher was recommended to you by a close associate. What works for him may not work for you.
Using online platforms to find a piano tutor
With the advancement of technology, getting any information online as become very easy for people. If you are a student looking for to learn piano in Lagos Nigeria or any other city in the country, simply type keywords like "piano lessons near me", "online piano lessons", "Piano tutor Nigeria", and you would get a ton of important information from search engines such as Google.
Once you type any of the queries listed above, different websites would pop-up and you can go through them to see which classes are best for you. For example, in Lagos, Lee Ellie Music School is a school that takes students of all ages music education classes. However, when choosing a tutor from a website you've not used before, you sometimes have to be wary of the reviews on the site, asking for a free trial is a good call.
Using websites like Superprof can be a lifesaver. Superprof has been a go-to place for most students that intend to learn virtually anything. Superprof has a list of approved profile of tutors which makes it easy for you to choose a tutor that will teach you. More on this at the later part of this article.
Getting a piano tutor by networking on social media
It is almost unarguable that everyone has at least an account on social media. The good thing about social media is that you can access it either on your computer or via phone.
There are a bunch of things you can do on social media - keeping up with your friends, getting news within and outside your city, creating a group with your friends to achieve a goal, and also getting a piano teacher to teach you.
Whatsapp is so handy that you can access it anywhere you are. With the latest development in Whatsapp, you can easily reach out to all your friends on the platform. How would you do it? All you have to do is to update your status by letting your friends know that you are searching for a tutor that will teach you how to play the piano.
No doubt, Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world. Although there are other social sites, the design of Facebook makes it easier for most people to use. If you are searching for either online piano lessons via webcam or a private piano teacher, all you have to do is to use the search bar at the top of the page. If you live in Lagos for example, you should include Lagos in your search term so that you don't get a wrong result. Facebook also have different groups and it is certain that you will find a group dedicated to piano lesson.
Facebook recently acquired Instagram, although they don't function the same way. With Instagram, you can build a connection with people that have similar interest with you. For example, if you are looking for piano lessons for beginners, look for people who are piano tutors and follow them. This way, you can build a bond with them and let them know you'll want to learn piano through them. You must be sure they have years of experience before agreeing to enrol to their lessons.
You can also consider Twitter if you fail to get an approved teacher to teach you piano. Twitter works in a similar way to other social media.
Getting a piano tutor from Superprof
As the year goes by, the internet is becoming available to all. There are tons of information you can get online. If you are interested in getting a piano teacher, then one of the best places to turn to is Superprof. Just as the name implies, Superprof is concerned in helping any student learn anything that is of concern to him by giving you access to Super tutors. Whether you are interested in enhancing your academic performance or want to learn a course or a new skill such as playing the piano or any other instrument, Superprof has the answer for you.
Why Superprof? Because tutors on Superprof have a verified and approved profile. So, you can be sure of dealing with a person that has been screened by a competent group. No matter your budget, you will be able to land yourself a tutor that will teach you both music theory and practical. You will learn all the different chords and every other basic.
Most people prefer Superprof to other platforms because most of the teachers on Superprof offer their first lesson for free. Yes, you heard that correctly! The first hour is free (without long term commitment) so that you can weigh your options. You can decide to learn online via webcam or go for face-to-face teaching in an agreed location (your home, the instructor's home or any place conducive for you to learn). The average price of learning per hour is 1,500 NGN.
Whether you live in Lagos or any part of Nigeria, you can easily use Superprof to get a piano tutor that is close to your home. Just go through the profiles of tutors, read reviews, and see the one that falls within your budget and specifications. Once you have made up your mind with a tutor for your piano lesson, go ahead and contact the person so that teaching can commence.