What to look for in a Music Teacher


A friend and piano teacher colleague of mine, Marie Harris from Utah was recently featured on KSL, a local news station.  She talked about what to look for in a music teacher. 

I wanted to share the link with everyone as she gives a lot of good tips to help lead parents in a positive direction.

She discusses the importance of instilling a ‘love’ of music throughout a child’s music curriculum, how to seek good teachers, the parents role before making a commitment (so important!), communication, questions for parents to ask and how participating in ongoing professional development for the teacher is important.

Here is the link to the video clip:  





  1. Heidi N

    Great video! I love her studio decor in the background. I also like how she pointed out that being a great performer doesn’t necessarily make someone a great teacher. The teacher I learned the most from wasn’t the teacher with the most performance experience… but she had the capability of motivating me to excel because of her positive attitude and personality. The final words about parental commitment were a great ending point.

  2. Sarah

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Marie has so much wisdom to share. I especially loved the part about parental involvement- I wish all my students’ parents realized just how crucial their involvement (or lack thereof) is.

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