How Much Do Violin Lessons Cost?
If you or your child would like to learn how to play the violin, taking lessons is probably your best option. While there are books that can help teach yourself, nothing can replace the knowledge and experience of a teacher.
How much is it?
- A music class, usually consisting of one or two sessions per week with multiple students simultaneously, can cost between $10 to $50 per week. Each lesson will usually be no longer than a half hour. We contacted a handful of teachers around the United States and listed the quotes we received below.
- Private lessons, usually suggested for the older, more serious violin player, can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, can cost anywhere from $15 to $60 per half-hour 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, the experience of the teacher, the length of the session and where the session will be held.
- For those who 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 that can offer live online classes that fit your schedule.
- On the message board welltrainedmind.com, one member said she charged $25 for 30 minutes, while another paid $12 per half hour.
- Members on violinist.com said they paid up to $60 per hour, while another said the most they ever paid for $100 for a one-hour lesson.
|Chicago||$65 per hour|
|Houston||$45 per hour|
|Kentucky||$35 per half hour|
|Manhattan, New York||$125 per hour|
|Maryland||$32 per hour|
|Michigan||$45 per hour lesson|
|Montana||$45 per hour|
|New York||$75 per hour|
|Orlando||$35 per hour|
|South Carolina||$80 per hour|
|Utah||$45 to $65 per half hour, depending on your skill level|
What is going to be included?
- The teacher should teach the fundamentals of playing the violin and how to read music. Each lesson should build upon the last and will be catered to the student’s skill set. The teacher should be able to see the strengths and weaknesses of the student and adapt the lesson accordingly. Some teachers will focus on certain age groups, while others may focus on certain styles such as bluegrass or jazz.
- A typical lesson will include reading notes, listening to music and playing to it. Lessons are commonly held at a local music studio, the teacher’s home or even your own.
- Session lengths will depend on the student’s age. Younger children will have lessons that last about 15 minutes, while for everyone else, the most common length will be about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Some classes will end with some sort of recital or performance to show the parents and families how the students have improved.
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 to $10 and can be found online or through any local music shop.
- Some teachers require their students purchase additional study materials, such as books. Most experts recommend budgeting at least $25 to $60 per year for these additional materials.
- Some students compete in competitions or even partake in recitals, which can cost extra.
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.
- Know where the lessons are going to be held. Will they come to your home? Do they have a dedicated space?
- 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.
- If you frequent a local music store, see if they can recommend a reputable teacher.
How can I save money?
- There are hundreds of books, which can be purchased for less than $25. If you have the self-discipline, this is a great way to teach yourself.
- Check with local college students who are majoring in music. Many may offer lessons at a discounted rate.
- Consider purchasing a package rate. The more lessons you purchase up front, the more you should be able to save.
- Free online violin lessons are available via violinlab.com and alisonsparrow.com.