How Much do Cello Lessons Cost in Tokyo, Japan?
The Complete Guide to Cello Lesson Pricing
The Average Cello Lesson Cost in Tokyo, Japan:
Cello lessons generally cost between $50-$100 per hour in Tokyo, Japan, but costs can vary widely depending on the instructor’s education and performing level, years of teaching, the location, lesson length and whether lessons are in-person or online.
The average price for a one-hour cello lesson is $70 in Tokyo, Japan. Online cello lessons using Zoom or Skype charge between $30-40 for a half hour lesson. Local private one-on-one cello lessons range from $40-50 for a half hour lesson, while in-person group lessons can cost $30 for a half hour lesson.
Cello teachers without a music degree will charge as little as $40 an hour, and professional cellists with awards and rich public performance experience might charge as much as $300!
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What Determines Cello Lesson Costs in Tokyo?
The most basic question is if you want your teacher to have a music degree or not. Cello teachers without music degrees tend to charge between $30-$40 per hour but they do not offer professional level instruction.
Teachers who have a music degree that is not cello related, such as ones with a Bachelor’s in violin or viola who have some cello skills, will often charge $30-$50 per hour. They generally have a solid understanding of music, but they do not have advanced cello performing abilities and are very limited in giving practical instruction. This increases the risk that they will teach beginners bad habits that will be harmful over time.
Ideally, the teacher will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in cello, and lessons with those teachers range from $40-$90 on average, with teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate in cello typically charging $60-$90 per hour.
It might seem like these teachers are only for advanced students, but it is best for beginners to learn to play cello the correct way from the beginning. It’s important to have a cello instructor who knows how to take you smoothly from a beginning to an advanced level without building any bad habits. The sooner you have a professional cello instructor, the sooner you will make real progress that sets you up for future advancement.
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Another factor in cello lesson prices is whether the lessons are in-person or online. Online cello lessons are generally the most affordable, with an average increase of about $10-$15 for lessons at a teacher’s studio or house, and an additional increase to have the teacher visit your home.
In-person cello lessons pricing can vary widely though depending on the number of teachers in your area. In order to find highly-qualified cello teachers at reasonable prices, online lessons will be your best bet.
If you’re looking for the cheapest cello lessons, there is the option of pre-recorded lessons.
These are typically video or app-based lessons that aim to teach you basic cello abilities for a monthly fee. There is also an option for buying one-time pre-recorded lessons depending on your musical need.
Unfortunately, these lessons cannot compare to the quality of live one-on-one lessons where the teacher can customize the lesson material for each student, provide live feedback on the student’s playing in real time, and help students become better at practicing cello and performing.
Any cello student who is interested in becoming a professional cellist is highly encouraged to look for live one-on-one lessons, such as the $30 half hour lessons offered through Lesson With You.
How to Find the Most Affordable Cello Lessons in Tokyo
We surveyed over 100 cello teachers across our own site, Lesson With You, and two other major sites, Takelessons.com and Thumbtack.com, using a random zip code as the location. We specifically looked for teachers who have qualified degrees in cello and teach online lessons.
Lesson With You has a set price of $55 per hour and indeed the value is better than any other site we have found. Each cello teacher at Lesson With You has a Master’s or Doctorate in cello, including from schools such as Indiana University, but the lessons are only $55 per hour, making the cello lessons an incredible value.
Thumbtack had the highest average price among qualified cello teachers, at $72 per hour. Even finding a teacher who didn’t major in cello, such as one with a flute or piano degree, did not do much to lower the price. Sorting through the options, it quickly became apparent that many of the top teachers did not have formal education in music, and even those who had a music degree often did not have it for cello, despite charging high prices for music lessons.
Takelessons has a nearly identical average price, at $71 among the teachers we surveyed. But like Thumbtack, many of the cello teachers listed either did not have a music degree or did not major in cello. Takelessons and Thumbtack both have a very large number of teachers, so surely there are some good deals, but finding teachers who’s education and prices matched that of the teachers at Lesson With You is difficult and time consuming.
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Marc Levesque is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied Piano Performance and Arts Administration, receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before attending Carnegie Mellon University to study educational technology. As a pianist, Marc made his debut with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at age 15, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2., and he has performed at various summer programs and festivals across the United States, Italy, and Croatia. Marc is a co-founder of Lesson With You, which fully combines his love of music, technology, and education.