Whether you want to be a professional pianist or wish to learn piano to make your free time feel a little more musical; havin a piano teacher is always a good idea and something we’d always recommend both new and seasoned pianists alike to improve their technique, ear, theoretical understanding and overall enjoyment of the instrument.
But many people ask the question, can I afford a piano instructor/teacher? Here we will discuss this and the potential options out there for budding piano enthusiasts.
Many people start self-learning piano due to the fear of piano teachers either judging them or feel like they can teach themselves. Whilst this might be the right option for some, it is far harder to master effective piano playing technique as one might not be aware of the skills and tips that a professional teacher can give you.
Types Of Lessons
The cost of piano lessons depends on whether you are taking group lessons or individual lessons. For those who are new to these terms, let's discuss these in detail.
Many pianists adopt piano learning as an individual 1-1 practice with their tutor and prefer private lessons over group lessons. There might be a couple of reasons behind this.
Perhaps it may be partly to do with fear of performing or looking silly in front of others who are more skilled than you, or perhaps it’s a case of not having much time to learn the piano, and group lessons are often time-consuming. This is also one of the reasons most students prefer private teachers to teach them.
The most common reason for people selecting individual classes over group classes is they want to learn quickly. By having a 1-1 teacher, the teacher is able to focus exclusively on you, encouraging a more personalised approach to learning and overall the student can learn quicker than in a group class.
For a one-hour lesson, most piano teachers who teach piano individually have an average cost of £30 to £50. However, many do also offer introductory lessons to see if both you and the teacher are a match in terms of your approach to learning. Learn more about the approaches to learning piano here.
Of course, this price is only a ballpark figure and may fluctuate depending on the skill level and experience of the piano teacher and the place where you take the class. Some teachers go to the student's home to give music lessons while others prefer the student go to the teacher's home, those who do travel to your home will of course also include their travel expenses in the cost.
One lesser adopted method of teaching is that of group lessons. In this type of teaching, the teacher teaches a class of young students just like in a school or college. Many piano instructors prefer this type of piano class as it allows them to teach several students simultaneously and also encourage friendships to be built between students.
Some piano teachers conduct separate classes for young and adults. Children ages student, i.e., below 12 years, are young while above this age limit are considered adults. The rate for teaching children is higher as they need much time and focus from the teacher.
Online Piano Lessons
Though online lessons are not overly common, since the rise of the pandemic, many piano teachers have adopted an online method of learning. Some piano students prefer it, and it also gives you access to teachers who are perhaps far away from you. There are many ways through which you can attend piano lessons. The most common is learning from Youtube, however beware of slipping into poor technique here.
Most teachers offer private piano lessons online to save their time as well as that of the student. Some teachers teach online through video calls, while others say that only audio calls can also be effective. However, from our personal point of view, unless you and your teacher have a fantastic online setup, you should go for physical classes instead of learning online.
The price of online lessons is generally lesser than physical classes, but this is partially to do with the limitations of the technology. On the audio or video calls for example, it can be difficult to judge the tone correctly as well as dealing with issues of latency, which causes problems for both teacher and student.
Factors That Affect Piano Lesson Rates
Though the average price of a one-hour piano lesson is £30-£40, some factors may cause fluctuations. Let's briefly discuss the factors that affect piano lesson pricing.
Most piano teachers prefer one-hour lessons. However, some may go for 30 minutes or 45 minutes of class. In such situations, the price of the lessons decreases proportionally to the reduction in lesson time.
Experience Of The Student
Students' experience with musical instruments, especially with piano, also affects the price of a piano lesson. Those looking to just learn the basics will pay far less than those looking to master their expression and musical understanding on a far higher level.
Piano teachers with good reputations often charge more than the new teachers with no reviews or a poor reputation. Look for a teacher with a good reputation and previous teaching experience if you can afford a higher fee. A great website to find teachers such as this is musicteachers.co.uk
Your geographic location also affects the price of your piano teacher. If the piano teacher has to go to the student's house they are likely to charge more. The scope of teaching piano in your area also affects the price of a piano teacher.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we will answer a few FAQs to clear your mind further.
What is a good price for piano lessons?
The average price for piano learning is £40 per hour lesson. However, the price may fluctuate according to the teacher's reputation, skill, and previous experience. Professional piano instructors may even charge up to £100 for a one-hour lesson if they are highly reputable or experts in their chosen field.
Are piano lessons worth it?
In a nutshell, Yes, in our opinion, piano lessons are totally worth it. If you are interested in learning piano and want to be a professional pianist or even just someone who is looking to improve your technique, then you must look for an experienced piano teacher without considering how much money you have to spend.
Are 30-minute lessons worth it?
Yes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minute piano lessons are worth it, especially for those just getting started. Longer lessons can be nerve-racking to some students or your are more likely to feel fatigued. So most teachers prefer half-hour classes, especially for a beginner pianist.
In short, piano lessons cost as much or as little as you’d like them to. Teachers who have advanced skills such as ear training, learning from sheet music, or a master's degree often charge higher, however many teachers offer introductory or even complimentary lessons to those just getting started.
Learning piano is a time taking and money consuming dream. However, the dream is very sweet if you get it accomplished. So go now and search for a music teacher in your area to start learning piano from today. If you have any questions or experience to share, we’d love to hear from you!