Utah Music Teachers Association
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Tips for Interviewing a Teacher
To find a good teacher/student fit, a personal interview is important. Here are some suggested questions:
  • What method (i.e. what type of instruction books) do you use?
  • How long are lessons?
  • What are your practice and performance requirements?
  • Do you hold recitals?
  • How much is tuition?
  • What is your policy regarding missed lessons?
  • Do your students participate in local, state or national competitions? (Have you had any winners?)
  • Discuss your goals as a student to determine if the teacher finds these goals achievable.
  • Do your students participate in the UMTA AIM or FAIM Program?
  • How do you approach a new student (beginning, intermediate, old, young, transfer, etc.)
  • What is your approach to teaching theory, sightreading, and keyboard harmony?
  • Do you teach musical styles such as jazz, improvisation, traditional, electronic, etc?
  • References of current or former students?
A certified teacher has gone through the Certification process which validates an individual's qualifications for a specific field of professional practice. It demonstrates to employers, clients, and peers that which the individual knows and is able to do. It signifies commitment to continued excellence in professional practice. In addition, it increases visibility, builds credibility, provides a goal for personal professional achievement and validates expertise for the individual and to those outside the field.