How Much do Piano Lessons Cost?
The Complete Guide to Piano Lesson Pricing
The Average Piano Lesson Cost:
Piano lessons typically cost between $40-$90 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 piano lesson is $80. Live online piano lessons using Zoom or Skype charge between $20-40 for a half hour lesson. Local private one-on-one piano lessons range from $30-50 for a half hour lesson, while in-person group lessons can cost $20 for a half hour lesson.
Piano teachers without a music degree will charge as little as $30 per hour, and professionally performing concert pianists with with prizes from top piano competitions might charge as much as $400!
What Determines Piano Lesson Costs?
Piano instructors without music degrees tend to charge between $30-$40 per hour but they do not offer professional instruction.
Piano teachers who have a music degree that is not piano related, such as ones with a Bachelor’s in vocal/singing who have some piano skills, will often charge $40-$50 per hour. They generally have a solid understanding of music, but they do not have advanced piano performing abilities and are very limited in the technical instruction that they can provide. This increases the risk that they will teach beginners bad habits that will be harmful over time.
An ideal piano instructor will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Piano, and lessons with those teachers range from $40-$90 on average, with teachers with a Master’s or Doctorate in piano typically charging $60-$90 per hour.
Should beginners learn from professional piano instructors? The answer is YES. It’s best for beginners to play piano the correct way from the start under the guidance of a professional piano teacher who knows how to take you smoothly from the first level to an advanced level without building any bad habits.
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In-Person vs Online Lessons
Online piano lessons are generally the most affordable, with an average increase of about $15 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 piano lessons, there is the option of pre-recorded lessons. These are typically video or app-based lessons that aim to teach you basic piano 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 lesson 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 pianist is better off looking for live one-on-one lessons, such as the $30 half hour piano lessons offered through Lesson With You.
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What do You Learn in Piano Lessons?
In general piano lessons, students will learn detailed instructions on the technical and artistic aspects of music.
Professional teachers are able to give a precise live feedback on the student’s sitting position, arm and wrist position, and the shape of their hand and fingers on the keyboard. It’s essential for the student to find the most comfortable yet stable position to play and practice piano in order to avoid muscle tension of your body.
Fingering is a basic technical element in piano playing which helps pianists to navigate smoothly between different notes. If you ever want to play fast or evenly, you will need great fingering.
Professional piano teachers are well trained in finding out the best fingering and are able to give the student live feedback to not only give them better fingering, but help students learn how to find great fingering on their own.
Top piano teachers guide students to read music thoroughly without missing the important details of the music.
There are countless musical details that contribute to a high-level performance, and it is essential for the teachers to remind pianists of tempo markings, dynamics, pedal markings, harmonies and the structure of the music in addition to learning how to read the notes on the page.
Professional piano instructors have extensive knowledge in music and keyboard history. They are able to explain the backgrounds of composer and music to students.
Having the historical knowledge of music makes a huge difference in piano performance interpretations, and teachers who know various genres and styles.
How to Find the Most Affordable Piano Lessons
We surveyed over 100 piano 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 piano and teach lessons online.
Lesson With You has a set price of $55 per hour. Each piano teacher at Lesson With You has either a Master’s or Doctorate in piano, but the lessons are only $55 per hour, making the online piano lessons an incredible value.
Thumbtack had the highest average price among qualified teachers, at $83 per hour. Even finding a teacher who didn’t major in piano, such as one with a flute or violin 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 piano, despite charging high prices for music lessons.
Takelessons has a lower average price, at $60 among the teachers we surveyed. But like Thumbtack, many of the piano teachers listed either did not have a music degree or did not major in piano. 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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