How Much do Guitar Lessons Cost?
The Complete Guide to Guitar Lesson Pricing
The Average Guitar Lesson Cost:
Guitar lessons generally cost between $40-$100 per hour, but costs can vary widely depending on the teacher’s education and performing level, the location, lesson length and whether they are in-person or online.
The average price for a one-hour guitar lesson is $70. Live online lessons using Zoom or Skype charge between $25-50 for a half hour lesson. Local private one-on-one guitar lessons range from $35-50 for a half hour lesson, while in-person group lessons can cost $25 for a half hour lesson.
Guitar teachers without a music degree will charge as little as $30 an hour, and professionally performing guitarists with tour experience might charge well over $200!
What Determines Guitar Lesson Costs?
Guitar Teacher Level
Guitar Teachers without music degrees tend to charge between $30-$40 per hour but they do not offer professional level instruction.
Guitar teachers who have a music degree that is not guitar related, such as ones with a Bachelor’s in violin who have some guitar skills, will often charge $30-$50 per hour. They generally have a solid understanding of music, but they do not have advanced guitar 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.
Your ideal guitar instructor will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in guitar, and lessons with those teachers range from $40-$90 on average, with teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate in guitar typically charging $60-$90 per hour.
Q. Should beginners learn from professional guitar instructors?
The answer is YES. It’s best for beginners to play guitar the correct way from the start. A professional guitar teacher knows how to take you smoothly from the beginning to an advanced level without building any bad habits.
The sooner you have a professional instructor, the sooner you will make real progress that sets you up for future advancement with musicality and stable technique.
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In-person vs Online Lessons
Guitar 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.
Pre-recorded vs Live Lessons
If you’re looking for the cheapest possible guitar lessons, there is the option of pre-recorded lessons. These are typically video or app-based lessons that aim to teach you basic guitar abilities for a monthly fee.
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 guitar player 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 Cheapest Guitar Lessons
We surveyed over 100 teachers across our own site, Lesson With You, and three other major sites, Takelessons.com, Lessons.com and Thumbtack.com, using a random zip code as the location. We specifically looked for teachers who have a degree in guitar and teach online lessons.
Lesson With You has a set price of $55 per hour and is a far better deal than the three alternatives mentioned, and indeed the value is better than any other site we have found. Each guitar teacher at Lesson With You has a Master’s or Doctorate in guitar, including from schools such as the University of Southern California, but the lessons are only $55 per hour, making the live online guitar lessons an incredible value.
Takelessons had the highest average price among qualified guitar teachers, at $90 per hour. Even finding a teacher who didn’t major in guitar, such as one with a violin 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 guitar, despite charging high prices for music lessons.
Thumbtack has a lower average price, at $65 among the teachers we surveyed. But like Thumbtack, many of the guitar teachers listed either did not have a music degree or did not major in guitar. 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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