How Often Should You Practise On The Piano For The Best Results?

If your goal is to pass your Singapore ABRSM piano examinations with flying colours, you must have wondered before how often you should practise on the piano. Everyone in Singapore knows that practice makes perfect when it comes to playing the piano. However, unless you are a full time pianist, it is unlikely you have hours to spare on any particular day. This is especially the case in Singapore where everyone has a hectic schedule.

So, how often should you practise on the piano for the best exam results? Here are some actionable tips to help you.

Tip 1: It is better to practise for short moments every day than having long practice sessions once in a while

There are 2 reasons for practising daily, even for a few minutes.

First of all, regular practice will instill better muscle memory into your fingers and wrists. It is much easier for you to retain muscle memory if you practise for a short while daily than for a long time once in a while. Let me give you an example. Do you have to consciously ‘try’ to brush your teeth well? No. Do you have to work very hard to regain your abilities in a particular sport you have not played in ages? Yes. Similarly, practising daily on the piano for even a few minutes each time will help you far more than if you practised for hours once a week.

Second of all, humans are uncomfortable when it comes to change. When you only play the piano once a week, you will feel uncomfortable when it comes to your practice session. This is because you do not play the piano for six days in a week. Suddenly going for a practice session is very mentally taxing on you. This is the same like going to the gym. If you go daily, it is easy to keep to that routine. However, it is difficult to drag yourself to the gym if you have not been there in weeks or months!

Tip 2: You want to keep practice sessions short

Your actual exam is short. You do not get to play each piano piece 10 times. You want to keep your practice sessions as similar to that of the ABRSM exams as possible.

Therefore, you want to keep practice sessions as short as possible while remaining effective. You want to break up the song into various parts and work on them. A good piano teacher will be able to teach you exactly how to break it up and join it back eventually. This is because if you break the song into different parts in a wrong way, you will find it difficult to bridge the gap eventually in future. If you need a good piano tutor, you can look for music teachers in Singapore here.

Tip 3: Practise daily. If you are overseas, then practise mentally every day.

There is something known as practising mentally. It is essentially practising without an actual piano. You can look at the scores and then you mentally play the song as though there is a real piano in front of you. You can even move your fingers accordingly, and hit the right imaginary keys. This is a great way to practise while you are on the move. I strongly recommend this method if you do not have access to a piano on certain days. As you can tell from the few tips above, I am a big proponent of practising on the piano every single day if you want to ace your music ABRSM examinations in Singapore.

How To Be The Best Piano Teacher In Singapore – 3 Actionable Tips

Here are 3 simple tips to help you become the best piano teacher in Singapore.

1. Understanding what your student wants

Knowing how to be the best piano teacher in Singapore is all about finding out what your students want. Some students want to get Diploma or Grade 8 ABRSM qualifications as quickly as possible. Some students want to learn piano for fun. Others are just students who learnt the piano when young but forgot after decades of not playing and want to learn again. Regardless of the type of student you have, the key to becoming the best piano teacher in Singapore is to first find out what you student want, and then aligning your teaching to his or her goals. Different types of teaching is required to keep the student happy and satisfied.

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A Singaporean piano teacher teaching her student how to play the piano

2. Learn how to teach

A lot of normal piano teachers in Singapore are qualified till at least Grade 8 ABRSM. However, this is not enough to set you apart. You need to become a good teacher and know how to impart skills and knowledge. Being a piano teacher is different from being a great pianist. Passing on your knowledge is key to become a great and phenomenal music teacher.

The kind of information you want to learn here is similar to how teachers of all subjects want. Basically, you want to learn the art of teaching. The success of a music teacher is not judged by that of the prowess of the teacher’s playing, but that of his or her student’s success.

As a result of this, it also means that you need to know the common weaknesses of Singaporean students. Many SG students are weak at sight reading. If you are not sure how to teach this, you can read my other post on how to ace your ABRSM piano sight reading exams. Local students are also generally weak at aural segment of the ABRSM exams. Therefore, these are things that you should look into in particular.

3. Being able to adapt

Different students learn best in different ways. Some students learn very well when lessons are regimental. Other students learn better when they are given more space and creativity on their own. Some students have to learn fast and be given challenges constantly to stay mentally stimulated and motivated. Other students may not perform well under pressure, and work best under relaxing conditions. You need to know how to react and teach accordingly.

Parents of your students can be another factor as well. In Singapore, many parents are the ones who ask their children to take music lessons. While kids are the ones learning piano, their parents are the ones paying for it after all. Therefore, as they have a big part to play in this learning situation, you need to take their considerations to heart as well, whatever they are and if reasonable.

Some parents want their children to learn and pass Grade 8 as fast as possible. Others just want their children to learn piano as a past time. Some Singaporean parents want their children to take piano lessons but do not want it to affect their children’s academic commitments.

In each case, you need to keep in mind the parents’ considerations as well on top of your student’s own considerations. Working out the ideal in between is the way to go if you want to become and be known as the best teacher in Singapore.

Finally… you need to GET students/customers!

Of course, all these are useless if you do not get any students. At the end of the day, it is a one person business. As a self employed person, you need customers to survive and thrive!

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What Is The Best Way To Learn The Piano In Singapore?

What is the best way for you as a music student to learn playing the piano in Singapore? Should you learn from the Internet and practise by yourself? Should you learn from a friend? Should you learn from a private home piano teacher?

It really depends on what you want to achieve. Let us take some examples below.

Learning piano to pass ABRSM exams in Singapore

If you want to take the ABRSM exams, it is strongly recommended that you connect with a piano teacher. Wanting to learn the piano to pass the piano ABRSM exams in Singapore requires a very different level of concentration and speed of learning compared to learning to play pop songs. Some may argue that it is more efficient to learn the piano yourself from online tutorials if your goal is to play pop songs, but no one will argue the importance of getting a professional piano teacher to teach you if your goal is the ABRSM exams.

Here are some reasons why it is better to get a teacher if you trying to pass your ABRSM exams.

First of all, there are a lot of marking criteria which is not just about hitting the right notes and rhythm. There are lots of it marking you on expressiveness e.t.c. These, among many others, are nuances which you may not be aware of if you did not have a teacher to point it out to you.

Second of all, especially at the higher ABRSM piano grades, every bit has to be perfect to score a distinction. Sometimes, you may not be able to catch certain mistakes (or perhaps you could improve in some complicated areas) without the help of a professional piano teacher in Singapore. Of course, that is why you need to find a good teacher for your piano lessons in Singapore to get the most out of your music goals.

Learning the piano to play pop songs

On the other hand, if your final goal is only to play pop songs on the piano, then it may not be necessary for you to actually take formal music lessons. There are a lot of online tutorials regarding this. However, of course, if you want to speed up your learning, then engaging a professional to teach you is still definitely the recommended way to go.

How To Ace Your ABRSM Piano Sight Reading Exams – 3 Advanced Tips

ABRSM piano sight reading segment is a weakness of many Singaporean music students. Here are some tips to help you pass this dreaded segment of the piano ABRSM examinations!

Get a sense of the entire song’s rhythm

Tip 1: In the sight reading segment of the piano exam, students are given up to 30 seconds to prepare and do whatever they want. At this point, many students will try to work out the notes of the first few bars. While it may feel logical, it is actually a terrible waste of the provided 30 seconds. Instead, if you are a student getting ready for the sight reading exam, get the rhythm in your head, and try to get a sense of the entire piece as a whole.

Practice sight reading every single practice session

Tip 2: Practice makes perfect. However, how do you practise for something that changes all the time and you cannot fully ‘prepare’ for? Simple. You simply pick a random short piece of piano song every practice session from music books e.t.c. and play it out. You treat it as a sight reading piece and practise in that manner. Do this for every single practice session, and you will soon get used to the act of sight reading. During the actual exams, you will then have no fear because you are already mentally and physically prepared for it due to your numerous practice sessions daily.

Be confident and play confidently

Tip 3: Practise being confident. One of the marking criteria for this segment of the piano exams is about you being confident. If you are confident, and exude it during your piano performance, you will score much better. Some people do not record their sight reading plays during practice or piano lessons, and do not realize how ‘scared’ their playing sounds. It feels very cautious, and that is bad as it clearly does not exude confidence.

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Taking Piano Lessons In Singapore – What Is The Best Age?

What is the best age for a person to learn the piano in Singapore? In my opinion, there are 2 ages which are perfect for a local to take piano lessons in Singapore.

The first age you should ideally learn piano is as a child. This is because as a child, you do not need to worry about any responsibilities other than your school work. Although this may feel like a lot and stressful when you are a student, it is nothing compared to the adult world – especially when you become a parent yourself. Therefore, you have not much repercussion elsewhere in your life when you are still a student (you can be a primary school or secondary school student as well). Even if you were to spend all your free, remaining time on piano lessons, you will not affect anyone else. This is not the case if you are a parent with kids to take care of and aging parents to take care of. Things get a lot messier.

The second ideal age that you should take piano lessons in Singapore is when you are financially independent. Piano lessons in Singapore do not come cheap, and this is especially the case because lessons need to be ongoing and you will need to purchase a piano to practise on at home (any serious learner needs to have their own piano). Practice is key to success when it comes to mastery of the musical instrument, and therefore you need to get your own piano. You do not want to cause yourself unnecessary stress by taking piano lessons when you are still financially unstable.

If you fall into one of the above categories, I strongly urge you to pursue your passion in music and take piano lessons. If you need a piano teacher, you may contact me at or you can contact, one of Singapore’s very best piano teacher agency.

Singaporean Kids Learning Piano – Is There A Point?

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Some parents are worried if their child should bother learning piano. Is learning piano even beneficial? Can a child even make a full time income as a future piano teacher in Singapore? Are there other benefits? These are questions that realistic parents in Singapore will ask, and they are great questions. Let us explore these thoughts further.

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Otherwise, read on first.

Can my child make a full time income as a piano teacher in Singapore?

First of all, by asking the above question, you are assuming your child wants to become a piano teacher. Perhaps he or she is just interested in learning the piano? If you do not have the financial means to support his or her interests, then politely decline him or her. But if you do have the ability, then why not let him or her learn the piano?

Your child is your child, not a financial asset in which every investment in your child has to bring back monetary gains. You can get lots of benefits by simply allowing your child to pursue his or her passion. In my humble opinion, there is nothing better than knowing I made my kids happy.

But, in case he or she also wants to consider becoming a piano teacher, then the answer is yes. You can make a full time income of between $3000 to $6500 per month in Singapore as a private piano teacher working 5-8 hours a day. If your child works more, or is extremely popular as a private piano teacher, he or she will make even more!

Unless you want your child to buy a bungalow, even buying any HDB 5 room flat or executive condominium is no problem for your child as a private piano teacher in future too!

Will taking piano lessons cause a drop in my child’s academic results as a result of lack of time?

This is really dependent on your child’s ability to manage his or her own time. There is no definite answer to this. This is about teaching your child management of his or her time.

On the other hand, if he or she is already going for 5 tuition classes other than his or her school schedule, then you may want to reconsider.

Will my child hate me for making him or her learn the piano?

This is why you should never be an irresponsible adult, and make sure that every stake holder’s point of view is taken into account. You brought your child into this world, and he or she did not choose to be so. You both are tied together by destiny or whatever you so wish to believe. However, you also need to respect your child’s opinion. Being a tiger mum or dad could be one of the worst things you can ever do to your child, and lead to future resentment. In that case, forcing your child to learn the piano may cause him or her to hate you.

However, if your child is also keen to learn music and has a passion for playing the piano, then by all means go forward with it if you have the financial means to allow your child to attend piano lessons! This is because learning the piano will only bring benefits to your child as mentioned above. However, this cannot be at the expense of your child’s own dreams and aspirations and interests.

How To Ace ABRSM Piano Exam – Tips For Singaporean Students


How do you get a good mark on your pieces in your ABRSM piano examinations? In fact, it is not just simply a question of hitting the right notes with the right rhythm. At the higher grades in particular, you need more sense of involvement in the pieces when playing and conveying the perceived right mood to the piano examiner. Let us now explore some tips to help you ace the piano ABRSM examinations regardless of the piano grade you are at now!

  • Looking at the marking criteria, one can easily see that to get a distinction for the pieces segment of the exam, you will need to take note and excel at being expressive and vividly communicate the style and character of the piece to the examiner. You also need to give a sense of true confidence when playing the piece. This is all particularly true at the higher grades e.g. grades 4/5 and above.
  • On top of knowing the marking criteria, one needs to know that you should choose the right piece. You need to pick the piece which you know will inspire you and that you can truly bring the piece to life and communicate the character of the song. It is not just a question of knowing how to play it, but whether you know how to truly play the song expressively.
  • A big tip is to always buy the recordings of the good performances of the piano pieces so that you can see how others had interpreted the various elements of the piece. Remember, scoring well and getting a distinction at the higher grades is about being a musician with personality, and not being an engineer and hitting the right notes only.
  • You always want to make sure that during your piano practice sessions, practise slowly first, and then make sure to increase the speed of play until you hit the ideal speed over time. Do not sacrifice accuracy, rhythm and expressiveness for speed, or you will get penalized during the practical piano ABRSM examinations. If you play the song too quickly right from the start and are always making the same old mistake, then you will reinforce the mistake into your muscle memory. This is bad. Do not make this mistake.

For more tips, please refer to the following video.