The average cost for violin lessons is $65 per hour. Hiring a violin instructor to teach you to play the violin, you will likely spend between $55 and $75 on each lesson. The price of violin lessons can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local violin instructors or get free estimates from teachers near you.
The benefits of starting your children on the violin early are numerous, and it’s important to get them learning with the right teacher. Perhaps you’re older and want to brush up on your early skills. With a good mix of music theory, sight reading, scales, and performance opportunities, you or your child can grow dramatically. Expect to pay approximately $65 an hour for a good teacher, and if the teacher comes to you, even more.
Violin lessons usually run from half an hour to an hour, and the cost will depend on the years of knowledge and experience of the teacher, along with the cost of location. Private Violin Lessons, Oakland, CA, charges $55/hour; Virtuoso Music Academy in Houston, TX, charges $72.50/hour; Concetta Abbate in Brooklyn, NY, charges $75/hour; and Forever Music Lessons And Recording Studios in Freeport, NY, charges $60/hour, plus a free 30-minute trial lesson.
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The credentials of some violin teachers will blow you away, and you can benefit from their level of skill and mastery of the instrument. For example, Chensi Tang Violin and Viola, Natick, MA, has played in Carnegie Hall and is the principal viola of the New England Symphony Orchestra. With a bachelor’s and master’s of music performance and a master’s of orchestra playing, she has racked up numerous awards for her playing, and given recitals all over the world.
Some music studios will provide group rates to sibling groups or families, while other teachers can teach larger groups like a home school co-op, thereby reducing the cost per person. One studio, for example, in Keller, TX, called Texas Guitarville offers a family pass for $419 per month which includes two hours (total) of weekly instruction on any instrument (with a twelve-month commitment), and the additional ability to attend the rock band or the beginners’ guitar or ukulele group.
Some violin teachers have been teaching for decades, so their reputations speak for themselves, while others have only just begun. Online ratings will give you some idea as to how well you will work with the teacher, but ultimately it comes down to a personality match, and the specific goals of the student. Many teachers give a free lesson up front to see if it’s a good fit.
Most music teachers offer package deals for a series of five to ten lessons and an upfront payment, leading to some good savings. Heritage Home Conservatory in Thousand Oaks, CA, sells lessons in packages of five, with prices at $35/30 min, $52.50/45 min, and $70/hour. A&G Music Center in Drexel Hill, PA, offers a typical lesson package of four 30-minute lessons per month for $120 ($30 per lesson), or four one-hour lessons for $220/month, which comes to $55/hour.
While most violin teachers teach in music studios, some are willing to come to the home or have a designated room in their own homes for classes. Most also have a limited radius or time limit within which they are willing to travel, and the extra charge for travel is approx. $15-20. Some are open to teaching via Skype. Most tutors are flexible on the days and times for classes.
Violin teachers often end up putting extra focus on one aspect of violin playing, or they can offer exclusive services. For example:
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