For years, I have been teaching piano lessons and the number one thing that has been long debated has been the cost of lessons. Exactly, how much does piano lessons actually cost?
When I first began teaching piano, I remember charging $10/1 hour of lessons. It was definitely not priced at the normal rate. I was just beginning to teach piano and I didn’t have any experience. It made sense at the time to charge a lower rate because I was lacking in experience. However, when I look back at that time, I think that I didn’t price myself correctly. I should have charged more and there are a few reasons why.
The main reason why I should have charged more was because I already had 14+ years of experience playing the piano. I didn’t consider the fact that I did have experience. If I were to go back in time, I would have charged $20/30 minutes of lessons and $35/1 hour of lessons.
The real question is how much do piano lessons cost when you’re looking for a teacher. The answer varies widely. I currently charge $35/30 minutes of lessons, $45/45 minutes of lessons, and $50/1 hour of lessons. For some background information about myself, I have been teaching for 7+ years and experience playing the piano for 21+ years now. When you are looking for a piano teacher, I would look at how many years of experience they have playing the piano and how many years they have been teaching. These two factors are good reasons as to how teachers price their lessons.
Lastly, make sure that you can afford the lessons that you are paying for. It doesn’t hurt to look around for other teachers and to compare prices. You have to make sure that you feel comfortable paying at the price point that the teacher is offering. Piano lessons are valuable and don’t be afraid to take some time to evaluate what is best for you.