How much do you pay for piano lessons?

(17 Posts)
steppemum Thu 05-Jul-12 14:29:51

dd (age 7) wants to start. All the ones I can find are £20 at their house. I really wanted someone to come to us.

Any ideas?
Are you a teacher living in swindon and would like to teach my dd? grin

Seeline Thu 05-Jul-12 14:32:36

Here in surrey/south london AFAIK lessons are at the teachers houses. I pay £16 for 1/2hr.

steppemum Thu 05-Jul-12 15:41:44

Thanks seeline
It is so expensive. I would love her to have lessons, but we can't afford that much.
I am wondering if there is an alternative

pancakeboobies Thu 05-Jul-12 19:18:10

I am not sure if this kind of thing is everywhere but our council runs music centres in 3 of the most populated towns in the area. The centre runs every Saturday morning and is split into 4 sessions. In each session the children can pick a different instrument to learn - they have woodwind, string, brass, choir, keyboard. They can do more of one, less or none of another so they can move naturally towards an instrument that suits them. It is only about £85 a term, which considering they get music tuition for approx 3 hours a week is really good value. May be worth looking into if there is soemthing similar near you?

morethanpotatoprints Thu 05-Jul-12 19:45:45

I think lessons at school are a waste of time unless they are individual rather than group lessons. Yhe Musician Union rate for teachers is £30 per hour, obviously more if they travel to you.
I would expect a very good experienced teacher for this price and really don't agree with those under cutting fees as they are usually not good teachers.

jillfiona Thu 05-Jul-12 20:42:47

We pay £12 for a half hour lesson at school. We're in the north east of England.

SandStorm Thu 05-Jul-12 20:46:57

I'm in the SE and I pay £10 for half an hour at her house. I'm beginning to think I'm getting a bit of a bargain!

steppemum Thu 05-Jul-12 22:53:28

My friend pays £13 for half an hour at her house, but she lives about 30 mins drive from me and her teacher in the opposite direction, so wouldn't come to me.

I have done some research this morning and found out that schools here choose which package they buy in. Our school buys it in as whole school lessons, which are great, drumming year 2, recorders year 3 and 4 and brass year 5 and 6. The instruments all stay at school, no practice between lessons.
I am delighted they get all this, but actually in terms of learning one instrument and making progress she needs individual lessons and chance to practice.

just didn't know it was going to cost so much

RaspberryLemonPavlova Fri 06-Jul-12 10:14:49

I agree in part with the group lessons at school but not completely. A lot depends on the teacher and the group.

There is also a huge difference between the whole school/ class Wider Ops schemes and small group tuition parent pay for. In DS case it was pointless, but I know other schools and DCS where its been a fantastic experience the children may have not otherwise got.

Small groups - without a doubt my DC would have got on faster with individual lessons, but as that was not financially viable it has been a fantastic opportunity. They have all learned 1 instrument privately (piano is £13 an hour OP, plus £1 extra to come to my house) and school lessons in groups, from which they have emerged with Grade exams and orchestra skills.

I am very, very lucky that secondary subsidises the lessons, employs great teachers and teaches the kids either in pairs or indvidually for £6.50 for 25 mins. They can have up to 3 lessons a week. DD does sax and cello, DS1 trombone and tuba.

ProfessorSunny Sun 29-Jul-12 21:12:06

£10 for half an hour - plus a bit extra, they often overrun.

nowwearefour Sun 29-Jul-12 21:29:22

Find a local teenager- I taught when I was one and now my dd1 is taught by one for £6 for 30 mins. She is learning to read music, scales and some technique! Genius idea

whatever1 Tue 31-Jul-12 10:58:42

£15 for 45mins, but like ProfessorSunny, the teacher often overruns. Teacher used to ask for £10 per half hour.

DottyFlowers Tue 31-Jul-12 22:19:31

£11 for 30 mins in Bedfordshire smile

80sMum Tue 31-Jul-12 22:24:38

It's about £20 per half hour, so I've been told (in SE England).

Amsel Tue 19-Nov-13 00:21:10

I think that more qualified teachers should charge more. I am from Croatia and our music education is really intense. I finished all together 14 levels in piano as first instrument and I hold university degree in both piano performance and teaching. I've been teaching in London since July and already had chance to see results of not so professional teaching. I wouldn't go under 35 pounds per hour plus travelling fee and even that is considered to be quite cheap (I know some teachers who charge 90 per hour).

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LiseO Fri 18-Jul-14 14:51:55

Hello, I just came across this thread. I'm a local piano teacher here in Swindon. I think charges vary a lot according to area. For instance, most things are more expensive in the London area. I charge £10 for half an hour and currently have time slots. I offer two free taster sessions. Feel free to message me.

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