Finding a new music teacher can be a daunting prospect. Music lessons are often in a one-on-one setting, so it's important that you get on well with your teacher, but also, you want them to be skilled. With music, it's good you have similar tastes in what you enjoy but also, you might want your teacher to educate you and guide you naturally into your playing tastes, which can be different to your listening tastes.
Do your research
Finding a music teacher online can be a lot less daunting than the yellow pages or the local shops' noticeboard. Online, you can generally see a picture, maybe even a picture of the space they teach in. You can also, hopefully, see reviews from previous customers. You can do all this on Obby. We carefully vet all our teachers before we list them, making sure they have the experience they say they do and are, well not crazy! You can read all about the class, the teacher and the reviews from previous customers. It makes a difference knowing a little about the person you are about to give the reigns to for your new musical journey, whatever that is!
Talk to them
Even though you find a teacher online, doesn't mean you can't have a chat with them before you book onto their course. Find out about their music preferences, whether that be the same as yours or the same as what you'd like to achieve. To talk to any of our teachers on Obby, you can contact us first so we can give you the introduction. Any questions you have about any of our teachers, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get your questions to the teachers, and their replies back to you! We pride ourselves on our customer service team, which often gets raving reviews. We want to connect you with the right teacher, and we know our teachers well, so if there is something specific you are looking for, ask us, and we will point you in the right direction.
Know what you want
One of the most important things when looking for a new music teacher is to know what you are looking for. Are you looking for someone with years of teaching experience, who will plan your lessons and set you homework? Are you looking for someone with passion overspilling and a little bit of a kooky attitude? A good place to start when trying to figure this out is considering who you would like to be. Your teacher is who you will learn everything from, especially when finding a music teacher for the first time, you will find they influence your early style and it will develop from there.