How Much do Cello Lessons Cost?
The Complete Guide to Cello Lesson Pricing
Marc Levesque 12/29/20 updated 10/21/21 • 4 min read
The Average Cello Lesson Cost:
Our cello lessons cost only $55 per hour while cello lessons generally cost between $40-$90 per hour, depending on the level of the teacher, the location, and whether the lessons are in-person or online. Some cello teachers without a certified music degree will charge as little as $30 an hour, and concert cellists with prizes from top music competitions might charge as much as $300!
We surveyed over 100 qualified cello teachers and found that the average price for a one-hour cello lesson is $72 , although there are some sites such as Lesson With You that offer consistently lower prices while still having excellent cello teachers.
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What Determines Cello Lesson Costs?
- Cello Teacher Level
To determine how much to pay for cello lessons, it is important to figure out exactly what you’re looking for.
The most basic question is if you want your teacher to have a music degree or not. 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 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, so it is important to have a teacher 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 teacher, the sooner you will make real progress that sets you up for future advancement.
- In-Person vs Online Lessons
Another factor in cello lesson costs is whether the lessons are in-person or online. Online lessons are generally the most affordable, with an average increase of about $10 for in-person lessons at a teacher’s studio, and a small additional increase to have the teacher visit your home.
In-person prices can vary widely though depending on the number of qualified teachers in your area. In order to find highly-qualified teachers at reasonable prices, online lessons will be your best bet.
- Recorded vs Live Lessons
If you’re looking for the cheapest possible 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, the lessons cannot compare to the quality of live one-on-one lessons where the teacher can customize the material for you, give you live feedback on your playing in real time, and help you become better at practicing and performing. Any student who is interested in becoming a capable cellist is better off looking 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
To find the price of cello lessons, we surveyed over 100 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 lessons online.
Lesson With You has a set price of $55 per hour and is a far better deal than the two alternatives mentioned, 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 Juilliard, 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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