What should my piano teacher be charging me?
How much should a regular piano lesson cost?
Whats the average price and cost structure – by the week?, by the month?, by the term?
I wish that we could give you a better response to this question! We’ve surveyed and researched the internet to find the average prices as advertised, and we’ve really found that asking this question is a little bit like asking……….What is the average cost of a car?
A car can vary from a twenty year old beat up mini to a brand new Ferrari.. so asking the question is really quite pointless!
However, you can ask of course what is the average price of a two year old ford focus, and you’ll get a much more suitable response!
Therefore, when asking this question you need to take into account:
1) The experience and qualifications of the teacher
2) The success that the teacher has had with similar aged children to yours
3) What you want to get out of the lessons for your children.
Our research on the internet shows that in the United states (as well as many other places around the world) lessons range from $15 to $30 per half hour, and when offered hour long lessons can be $50 – $100 per hour. IN the UK we found that lessons were offered from 8GBP – 30 GBP.
My advice would always be to focus on point #3 above… what you want to get out of the lessons for your children.
If you know this before you start, then you can find an appropriate teacher that will be able to get your desired outcome.
For example, some piano teachers are excellent at preparing students for examination, and really know exactly how to get excellent results for their students in exams.
Other teachers are excellent with young children, and know how to communicate the fundamentals of music to them in a young child way.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you choose an exam teacher to teach your five year old who really prefers working with older children that you won’t get full value for money.. despite the fact that the teacher is extremely well qualified and a very gifted teacher.
The reverse is true – if you are trying to prepare for an exam with an inexperienced teacher in that area then you’ll find that your money is not as well spent as it could be
I suggest that you ASK the teacher when you start.. and take their advice. If their advice is not to start lessons before 8 years of age.. then follow their advice and don’t start them (with that teacher) at five!
If however you are lucky enough to find a teacher who teaches loads of five year olds.. then go to them for a few years, and then back to your preferred teacher at the age of eight!
Remember to focus on the child.. and what the child needs.
Music is a wonderful thing for children, and it has been proven to in numerous studies it has been shown to improve their thinking and reasoning skills.
So stop worrying about dollars.. save some money on other things and make sure that you put your child first!