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The Complete Guide to Violin Lesson Pricing

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Marc Levesque   12/29/20 updated 09/21/21 • 4 min read

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The Average Violin Lesson Cost:

Our violin lessons cost $55 per hour while violin 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 violin teachers without a music degree will charge as little as $30 an hour, and concert violinists with prizes from top music competitions might charge as much as $300!

We surveyed over 100 qualified violin teachers and found that the average price for a one-hour violin lesson is $75, although there are some sites such as Lesson With You that offer consistently lower prices while still having excellent violin teachers

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What Determines Violin Lesson Costs?

  • Teacher Level

To determine how much to pay for violin 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 violin related, such as ones with a Bachelor’s in cello who have some violin skills, will often charge $30-$50 per hour. They generally have a solid understanding of music, but they do not have advanced violin 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 violin, and lessons with those teachers range from $40-$90 on average, with teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate in violin 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 violin 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 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 violin lessons, there is the option of pre-recorded lessons. These are typically video or app-based lessons that aim to teach you basic violin 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 violinist is better off looking for live one-on-one lessons, such as the $30 half hour lessons offered through Lesson With You.

How much do violin lessons cost?

How to Find the Most Affordable Violin Lessons

To find the price of violin 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 a degree in violin 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 violin teacher at Lesson With You has a degree in violin, including schools such as Yale, but the lessons are only $55 per hour, making the live online violin lessons an incredible value.

Thumbtack had the highest average price among qualified violin teachers, at $76 per hour. Even finding a teacher who didn’t major in violin, 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 violin, despite charging high prices for music lessons.

Takelessons has a lower average price, at $66 among the teachers we surveyed. But like Thumbtack, many of the violin teachers listed either did not have a music degree or did not major in violin. 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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