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Fluff - Piano Lessons

How much would you be willing to pay for a 30 minute child piano lesson? (Not really a debate, I am just curious what others pay)

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

How much would you be willing to pay for a 30 minute child piano lesson? (Not really a debate, I am just curious what others pay)

I pay 25 dollars for 30 minutes currently.

When we started it was 22.50 but her prices have gone up. Emma is at a stage now though where she needs to go for longer than 30 minutes, we have to move up to 45 minutes.

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I just found out that I might need a new piano teacher. Right now we pay $40/month, which I think is very reasonable. I am not sure I will be able to find that again. Sad

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$20 seems to be the going rate here for a 30 minute lesson and $25 for a 45 minute lesson. If you're musically inclined at all, you could probably just teach them yourself. There are a ton of video lessons & podcasts online (many are free) or you can buy a music curriculm.

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"Spacers" wrote:

$20 seems to be the going rate here for a 30 minute lesson and $25 for a 45 minute lesson. If you're musically inclined at all, you could probably just teach them yourself. There are a ton of video lessons & podcasts online (many are free) or you can buy a music curriculm.

LOL I don't think "musically inclined at all" is a qualifier for teaching piano. I think I would qualify for the very low bar of "musically inclined at all" - I have an okay singing voice and can carry a tune well enough (sang some solos and small group stuff in choir in high school) - but there is no way I could teach anyone piano just from watching some videos.

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One kid is at 18$ for a half hour and the other is at $30 for an hour (my 10 yr old DD is amazing, the 13 year old not so much)

There is no way someone could go beyond very basic piano without a teacher there. My 10 yr old can listen to a song once and play it, but even she needs help with how to get her fingers to do what they are supposed to

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

LOL I don't think "musically inclined at all" is a qualifier for teaching piano. I think I would qualify for the very low bar of "musically inclined at all" - I have an okay singing voice and can carry a tune well enough (sang some solos and small group stuff in choir in high school) - but there is no way I could teach anyone piano just from watching some videos.

You're selling yourself short. I've been teaching Tiven piano lessons. I can play but I'd never have thought I could teach anyone. We couldn't find a teacher at a reasonable cost with a reasonable schedule who didn't want a 6-month commitment. I picked up some lesson books at the music store & sat her down & started at the beginning. And DH is able to help Tiven just fine when I can't do it, and he's the one who supervises her practice, too, making sure she corrects a wrong note, sits up straight, etc. He can play guitar & drums but he can't play piano or read music, and he is perfectly comfortable teaching her and he's enjoying learning along with her. When something doesn't make sense to him, they load up a video & watch it together, then go back to the keyboard. The curriculm lays it all out in order, you just have to follow along.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

One kid is at 18$ for a half hour and the other is at $30 for an hour (my 10 yr old DD is amazing, the 13 year old not so much)

There is no way someone could go beyond very basic piano without a teacher there. My 10 yr old can listen to a song once and play it, but even she needs help with how to get her fingers to do what they are supposed to

This is what I'm thinking - having never played piano I don't have the "muscle memory" to just start playing from watching a video without a LOOOOOOOT of hunt and peck myself (let alone then trying to teach someone else how to do it.) It's not that I couldn't hear the tune and sing it back to you, it's that I doubt I could make my fingers play it back.

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I obviously am comfortable teaching my kids most things, but piano is not one of them. I think Alyssa has the potential to be very good. Some of DH's family are really, really good (Doctorate in Music, teaches piano at the college level), and I would not want to hinder her by not giving her real lessons. At 7 years old she has already worked through several books and can read music very well. She has been playing for a year and a half.

I spoke with her piano teacher about it today and he said that if he was unable to continue teaching her, that he would give me a list of references of other piano teachers. I was glad about that.

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I'm not a big believer in self teaching something like piano. That doesn't mean you can't successfully teach them anything, but i don't believe its the same. Emma's teacher has a certain ear for what she does and notices minute details that I'm pretty certain no one would notice and you can't learn once by watching a video.

I took lessons as a child and I'm pretty certain i could teach my kids how to read notes, what piano, forte etc. mean. I could probably learn theory and present it to her. But i am certain my feedback when my child is actually playing would be sorely lacking. What i think sounds 'fine' could likely use a lot of improvement that I wouldn't even be aware of.

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In our neck of the woods, piano lessons range frm $10/lesson to $45/lesson approximately.

I teach piano and charge $15/lesson (30 minutes). I don't offer RCT lessons or exam preparation though, so that's why I am on the lower end of the scale.

It is a very wide range of price depending on your area.

And I also believe a child who wants to excel needs a proper piano teacher. I was trained to ignore the 'practice makes perfect' trope. Since it's not true. *Perfect* practice makes perfect. What I mean by that is, bad habits are easy to get stuck and hard to retrain after a certain point. It's better to be implementing all the components of proper musical training from the start, if someone is interested in advancing.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

In our neck of the woods, piano lessons range frm $10/lesson to $45/lesson approximately.

I teach piano and charge $15/lesson (30 minutes). I don't offer RCT lessons or exam preparation though, so that's why I am on the lower end of the scale.

It is a very wide range of price depending on your area.

And I also believe a child who wants to excel needs a proper piano teacher. I was trained to ignore the 'practice makes perfect' trope. Since it's not true. *Perfect* practice makes perfect. What I mean by that is, bad habits are easy to get stuck and hard to retrain after a certain point. It's better to be implementing all the components of proper musical training from the start, if someone is interested in advancing.

When I first started in piano at age 8 I remember my mom paying $15 for 1/2 an hour! My teacher was ARCT/Suzuki and some other method. Probably why she charged so much back in 1980. I was RCT all the way through.