When people find out I'm a piano teacher, one of the most frequent question I get asked is, "How much do piano lessons cost?"
From my own inquiries of teachers in the Twin Cities area, I found most piano teachers are charging between $15 to $30 for a private half hour weekly piano lesson.
Teachers who have advanced degrees and years of experience may charge more. One jazz teacher I know charges $90 for a one hour lesson.
Any time a teacher needs to rent studio space, such as at a music store, they will often need to charge a little bit more to cover the extra expense of renting.
If you prefer that your piano teacher comes to your home expect to pay a lot more to make up for the gas and car expenses, along with the teacher's lost income during travel times.
The length of the piano lesson is typically thirty minutes for beginners and forty-five minutes to an hour long for more advanced students. Most piano teachers require their students attend weekly lessons.
Some piano teachers offer a thirty minute lesson, followed by a fifteen minute computer lab time where students work on music theory or play music-related games.
A new trend for piano teachers is to charge by semesters. While some people don't like paying such a large sum all at once, other parents like the semester system because they don't have to bother with writing out a check every month.
Other expenses for piano lessons include the cost of the lesson books, additional miscellaneous fees, competition expenses and costs involved with purchasing and maintaining a piano. Be sure to read through your teacher's studio policy to learn about any additional piano lesson expenses.
If you are looking for a piano teacher in the Twin Cities area, check out my article, How to find a piano teacher.