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Piano Teacher Job Salaries In Singapore – How Much Money?

Are you considering a job as a full time or part time piano teacher in Singapore?

Read on to find out how much salary you can make in Singapore whether you want to be a part time or full time music teacher.

Keep in mind that there are basically two types of music teachers in Singapore. One is an employee under a music school such as Yamaha or Cristofori, while others are self employed individuals running their own business as a private home piano tutor in Singapore. The salaries and benefits can be vastly different.

First of all, let us talk about school piano teachers. As a school music teacher, you are a full time employee employed by the music school. Most music schools are located in popular, heartland shopping malls. You will generally be paid between $2300 to $3500 as a full time music teacher employee. Of course, money is not the only consideration when it comes to getting a job, so let us take a look at some of the pros and cons of being an employee under a music school in Singapore.

Pros of being a full time employee under a music school:

  • You get income stability
  • You may get health insurance e.t.c.
  • You will have income right away on day 1 (at least at the end of the first month of employment)

Cons of being a full time employee under a piano school:

  • Your maximum monthly income is low and dictated purely by your boss
  • You will only make slightly more money per year for the first 3-6/7 years. Thereafter, your income will likely stagnate.
  • There may be office politics just like any office or job as an employee
  • You will need to apply for leave and get approval and compete with colleagues for big holidays

Second of all, let us discuss about private home piano tutors. As a private home piano teacher, you are a self employed individual usually working only for yourself, and sometimes partnering up with certain piano teacher agencies to get yourself more students. A part time private teacher makes approximately $1000 to $2000 per month, while a full time one makes around $4000 to $6000. There is a huge discrepancy because you are free to set your hours, and you decide how many students you want to take in. Also, the quality of your teaching will partially determine how many music students you can get.

Pros of being a private home piano tutor (if you want to apply a job as a home piano tutor in Singapore, you can contact Sg-Learn-Piano agency to help you get students for your business):

  • The sky is the limit when it comes to your income potential
  • Freedom of time and type of students you want to select (e.g. the location you want to travel to e.t.c.)
  • You can set your own rates – subject to reason
  • You can wake up at any time you want
  • You can sleep any time you want without worrying about getting up early the next morning unless you scheduled an early morning lesson yourself

Cons of being a private home piano tutor:

  • It is stressful if you do not know how to get students
  • You have to be a disciplined saver (if you are not)
  • You may feel more lonely as you will not have colleagues, just lots of students
  • It can feel stressful if you are jumping in head first without additional source of income. (E.g. that is the reason why many teachers start part time while a student or while working a job, before transitioning to it full time eventually)

How Much Do Private Piano Teachers Charge In Singapore?

Are you looking for a home piano teacher in Singapore for your child? Not sure how much it all costs? Let us break down the costs so you can see it yourself!

First of all, piano teachers charge by the month for 4 lessons per month. These piano lessons are 45 minutes in length from ABRSM grades 1 up to 4. From ABRSM grade 5 onwards, lessons will be 1 hour in length. Sometimes a piano teacher may ask you to take more lessons closer to the exams – these will be pro-rated and to be decided between you and the teacher.

Monthly piano lesson fees (or in other words, the salaries you pay to the piano teacher) start at around $140 from ABRSM piano grade 1 up till around $300 for grade 8. The fee increase is gradual over the grades, and over the years. Do note that as grade 5 is 15 minutes more per lesson, there may be a small leap in fee increase from grade 4 to grade 5.

Fees for the piano teacher do not include out of pocket expenses such as buying you theory and practical practice booklets and the official ABRSM examination pieces and scales. All these books will be purchased for you by the teacher, but they will then collect back the fees from you. Please take note of these fees.

Private piano teachers who travel to their students’ houses typically do not charge for transportation. However, they try to minimize their own transportation fee and time required by usually only taking on students who live near them.

Finally, going for the practical and theory ABRSM graded examinations require paying money, and these fees are usually paid for by the teacher, with receipt to prove and they will collect back the fees from you. So while this is technically not something that private piano teachers charge you, these are still fees you may want to note.

There are lots of fees when it comes to learning the piano, therefore, you want to make sure that your teacher is a good one. Here is an article on finding out if your teacher is suitable for you. Make sure to read it as well!