How Much Do Violin Lessons Cost?
If you or your child would like to learn how to play the violin, taking lessons is your best option. While there are books that can help you teach yourself, nothing can replace the knowledge and experience of a teacher.
How much is it?
- Students can take individual lessons or sign up for a class. Most classes will cost less, but there will also be less-one-on-one time with the teacher. Music classes usually charge a per-class rate, while individual teachers charge a per-session fee. This rate can vary based on the experience of the teacher, the level of the student, and the demand for this service in your local area.
- A music class, usually consisting of one or two sessions per week with multiple students simultaneously, can cost between $10-$50 per week. Each lesson will usually be no longer than a 1/2 hour.
- Individual lessons, usually suggested for the older, more serious violin player, will range in length from 15 minutes to an hour, and will range in cost from $15 to $60 per session. The length of the lesson is dependent upon the age of the child, while the price of the session is dependent upon the skill level of the student and experience of the teacher.
- For those that want to teach themselves, classroom materials such as a DVD and book can cost anywhere from $5 to as much as $100 depending on the material. There are also websites online as well that can offer live online classes on a weekly basis.
What are the extra costs?
- The main extra cost is the instrument. You can either buy or rent a violin and bow to play. In rare cases, the teacher may have one for you to borrow.
- In order to learn, you must purchase music to play. Sheet music can cost anywhere from $2-$10 and can be found online or through any local music shop.
- Violin lessons will require a certain amount of practice time. For example, some teachers require that the student practice at least 30 minutes per day. Because time is money, this is considered an “extra cost” to some people.
- Some students compete in competitions or even partake in recitals. If this is the case, additional fees may apply.
What is going to be included?
- The teacher should teach not only the fundamentals of playing the violin, but also how to read music.
- The teacher should be able to see the strengths and weaknesses of the student and adapt the lesson accordingly.
- In some classes, music will be included.
- Some classes will end with some sort of recital or performance to show the parents and families how the students have improved.
Tips to know:
- Before signing up, be sure to interview the teacher. Ask them what they have done in the past as well as why you should hire them.
- Ask the teacher about their education and their experience. It doesn’t hurt to ask for a sample lesson to see what they can do for you.
How can I save money?
- Teach-yourself books can be purchased rather than taking lessons.
- As with any instrument, starting at a young age is best. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to learn and the less you will have to spend on lessons.
- Check with local college students that are majoring with music. Many may offer lessons at a discounted rate, if not do it for free. This can often help the student with college credits.