If you are looking to send your child or yourself for piano lessons to learn to play the piano in Singapore, then it is important to consider whether you or your child should learn from a private home piano teacher or a music school.
First of all, when it comes to costs, there is no challenge at all. Learning from a private piano teacher will be significantly cheaper than learning from a public music school. One of the key reasons for this is because the music school has to charge significantly more to cover the high rental costs in shopping centres in Singapore. Rent is the main costs that music schools struggle with, as salaries to the teachers are relatively low in Singapore. As a result of these, when you pay extra at the music school, you are really just making the shopping centre owners richer indirectly, not the teachers! So if you want to save money as well as ensure that your dollars are going mostly to the music school and the teachers, then try to take lessons from a private home piano teacher instead. Additionally, the music schools have to cover the cost of their purchased pianos, and therefore charge you more as a student as a result of it. On the other hand, private home piano teachers usually teach their students, for example you, at their homes and there is already a piano belonging to the student. Therefore, the fees you pay to the private home music teachers are purely for their time and expertise in teaching you to play the piano, and not to cover any other kind of expenditures.
Second of all, when it comes to quality of the teachers, it is generally safe for schools if you stick to a famous music school like Cristofori or Yamaha. It may be more hit or miss if you or your child were to learn to play the piano from a less famous music school in Singapore. On the other hand, if you tried to look for individual private piano teachers, it is truly risky and really hit or miss. I recommend that if you want safety in picking the right private home piano teacher, so that you do not end up in a hit or miss situation. You want to engage a private music teacher through a reputable piano teacher-student agency. This way, you will get only good teachers, because they have incentive to protect their own agency name, only by recommending good private piano teachers. When it comes to bad teachers for agencies, they can simply them kick out. Whereas, for individual teachers, it makes no sense for a bad teacher to tell everyone that he or she is bad and get no students.
As you can see, it really depends on what you value more. The way I see it? Private home piano lessons are the best.