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Working As A Piano Instructor

  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Piano Instructor Do

A Piano Instructor is responsible for teaching piano lessons. They organize recitals, prepare students for contests, and evaluate student progress.

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
MacPhail Center For Music
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Piano Instructor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Piano Instructor in the United States is $49,375 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

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Real Piano Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Piano Instructor Youngstown State University Jan 11, 2010 $136,949
Piano Instructor/Accompanist Powers Music School, Inc. Sep 13, 2013 $104,350
Piano & Violin Instructor Gray School of Music Aug 12, 2011 $83,480
Piano Instructor Music Institute of Chicago Sep 01, 2014 $83,480 -
$93,915
Piano Instructor Music Institute of Chicago Sep 01, 2011 $81,393 -
$91,828
Piano Instructor Music Institute of Chicago Aug 30, 2011 $81,393 -
$91,828
Piano Instructor Music Institute of Chicago Sep 01, 2012 $80,454
Piano Instructor Music Institute of Chicago Sep 01, 2010 $79,306 -
$43
Piano Instructor Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts Sep 20, 2016 $79,000
Piano Instructor/Accompanist Powers Music School, Inc. Jul 02, 2010 $76,176 -
$50
Piano Instructor/Accompaniest Powers Music School, Inc. Jul 02, 2010 $76,176 -
$50
Piano Instructor CY-Fair Music and Arts, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $65,532
Cello and Piano Instructor Sound Crossing Studio, LLC Sep 19, 2013 $62,610
Piano Instructor Expressions Music Academy LLC Apr 22, 2015 $62,610
Piano Instructor East Valley School of Music, Inc. Sep 04, 2015 $62,610
Piano Instructor The Nelly Berman School of Music. Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Piano Instructor Bergen Academy of Music and Art Sep 01, 2014 $62,610
Piano Instructor Bergen Academy of Music and Art Inc. Sep 01, 2014 $62,610
Piano Instructor Belle School of Music, Inc. Sep 22, 2010 $62,610
Music Instructor: Piano Instructor The Hotchkiss School Oct 18, 2009 $53,025
Music Instructor: Piano Instructor The Hotchkiss School Jun 03, 2010 $53,025
Piano Instructor Clavier-Werke School of Music, LLC Sep 13, 2013 $52,175
Piano Instructor Clavier-Werke School of Music, LLC Sep 14, 2013 $52,175
Piano Instructor Clavier-Werke School of Music, LLC Oct 01, 2011 $52,175
Piano Instructor Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Oct 01, 2010 $50,088
Piano Instructor Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Sep 22, 2010 $50,088

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Top Skills for A Piano Instructor

  1. Different Stages
  2. Piano Technique
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development.
  • Teach music theory, sight reading, and piano techniques to children, adults, people with special need
  • Prepared lesson plans to facilitate and differentiate instruction for various instruments.
  • Planned and implemented beginning piano lessons for elementary students.
  • Organized and taught piano and drum Created a curriculum designed for learning classes to kindergarten - 8th graders Rhythm and Piano

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Top 10 Best States for Piano Instructors

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  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
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  5. Rhode Island
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Piano Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

60.5%

Male

32.9%

Unknown

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

11.5%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

French

11.2%

Chinese

9.3%

Mandarin

7.4%

German

7.0%

Italian

4.7%

Korean

4.3%

Russian

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Cantonese

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Hebrew

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Armenian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Balinese

0.4%

Finnish

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%

Georgian

0.4%
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Piano Instructor Education

Schools

Berklee College of Music

15.5%

Brigham Young University

9.4%

University of Southern California

6.1%

Manhattan School of Music

5.6%

New York University

5.2%

California State University - Fullerton

5.2%

University of Houston

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Towson University

4.2%

Bowling Green State University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Juilliard School

3.8%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

University of Miami

3.8%

Musicians Institute

3.3%

Miami Dade College

3.3%

Cleveland Institute of Music

3.3%

Butler University

3.3%
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Majors

Music

51.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

14.5%

Business

4.0%

Psychology

4.0%

Education

3.4%

Music Performance

2.9%

Elementary Education

2.8%

English

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Rehabilitation Science

2.0%

Biology

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.3%

Communication

1.2%

Writing

1.1%

Photography

1.0%

Mathematics

0.9%

Nursing

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Early Childhood Education

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.2%

Masters

24.0%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

4.3%

High School Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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