The cost of piano lessons varies depending on different factors such as the professional experience and credibility of the piano lesson instructor, teaching session time (half hour, per hour, per week, or package), and the level of course.
Piano lessons are commonly taught through a one-on-one teaching session by an individual who has extensive knowledge and practice in playing the piano. Actually, there is no degree or license needed to become a full-fledge pianist or piano instructor. The criteria depends on how one understands and is able to teach the technicalities of piano and piano theories.
Piano lessons have different levels of course: beginner, grade 1-3, and advanced. However, the levels of course still depend on the curriculum set by a piano lesson center or on the lesson plan of an independent piano instructor. Beginners are taught the different musical notes and their corresponding values. At this level students are expected to learn how to represent and read musical notes through written and practical ways. As levels progress, students become more adept in playing the piano more smoothly and confidently. More challenging piano pieces, classical and contemporary, will be introduced to them. An example of the most common classical piano piece that students at advanced levels play is the Ode or Symphony No. 9 of Beethoven.
The normal teaching session in a piano lesson lasts an hour. In the United States, an average of 25USD is the rate for per hour piano lessons, but it can go up quickly from there depending on the capabilities of the piano teacher and the demand for their instruction. For those who don’t have a fixed schedule to attend piano lessons, the per hour rate is the best option.
Meanwhile, most parents purchase a package rate for their children because they treat piano lessons as an extracurricular activity of their children and so they have already planned the schedule of the lessons. In a package, the rate includes an hour session for three times a week and a corresponding level of course. In addition, as students complete a level, they are encouraged to participate in piano recitals where they can play musical pieces that they have learned and share this music with their co-students and family members. In this way, parents can see the progress that their children are making, and at the same time, this will help the students establish self-esteem and overcome stage fright.
Learning how to play the piano is a good investment because the instrument never gets old in the music industry and it has a versatility not easily matched by other instruments. The piano will always be around and it will always produce melodic music that will feed the soul and minds of the next generations to come.