I just recently moved to the UK, and have settled in Oxford. Ive been interested in learning to play the piano for a long time now and am want to find a teacher in the area but dont know how to best go about doing that. How do I find recommendations for teacheres and the like if I know no one in the area?
Starting from cold here are some pointers that are in no way definitive but may help when looking up folk on the net or in the phonebook:-
Someone who has a music degree with first study as piano
Someone who has some kind of a teaching qualification such as the LRSM, LRAM or an endorsement from their college
Someone who has many years of teaching and performing experience.
Someone who has experience on the whole journey of tuition. That could mean that they are teaching at all levels, or it may mean they teach mainly beginners but perform at advanced level or whatever.
Now the only way you will know is by going to a teacher for a few weeks. It may be that your teacher has none of those things or only one of those things and they are the right teacher for you. Here is what they do need to have though, no question:-
A need to share their love of music with others to the point where their life wouldn't be worth living if they weren't given that opportunity.
There are many people who have more letters after their name than in their name, but they have no love - either for music or general humanity. There are many people who have no letters after their name and yet are somehow able to pass on an enthusiasm for music and for life that infects everyone they meet.
Thanks in advance,