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Piano Lesson Fees and Expenses

TUITION PACKAGE (Averaging about $18 per lesson):

What does tuition cover?

  • Lessons, of course! Personalized approach for each student, according to individual needs and abilities
  • Recital Fees--cost of venue, programs, prizes
  • My time outside of lessons--finding materials, selecting and ordering music, planning recitals and purchasing prizes; email communication, phone and personal consultations, all of which can add up to many hours.
  • Resources I use for my own growth, enrichment, and professional development
  • Studio expenses: photocopies, computer software, piano tuning
Quarterly Payments

 Payment is quarterly, with total weeks divided into equal groups.

  • Payment for each quarter is $215 (12 lessons each)
  • Payments can be made in two or three installments, if necessary; but must be paid regularly
  • Add $5 to each divided payment
  • Payment due at beginning of each quarter. Discount of $25 if pay for whole school (3 quarters) year upfront ($645-$25=$620)
  • Fee is set, no matter how many lessons you're able to take
  • $10 fee if payment is carried over into the next quarter
Quarterly schedule:
  • First quarter (Fall) September through November
  • Second quarter (Winter) December through 1st part of March
  • Third quarter (Spring) 2nd part of March through June
  • Fourth quarter (Summer) July and August (Please note: 4 lessons are required during the summer for Beginners thru Level II)


Which is best--acoustic or digital piano?

I allow a student to begin lessons using an electronic keyboard, for the first couple of months, but you will need to acquire an 88-key acoustic or digital piano as soon as possible.  I find that students progress much faster when they can practice on a "real" piano.  My personal preference is an acoustic piano--the sound and feel are superior, but digital pianos have come a long way and have certain advantages, such as not having to be tuned yearly, more portability (as far as moving it from one room to another) and electronic sound options, etc.  There are numerous deals to be had on Craig's List, the Swap Sheet, and other sources.  Music stores often have trade-ins that make good deals.  I bought my grand piano through the Penny Saver at an incredible price from someone moving south that needed to sell in a hurry!

 If you purchase a used acoustic piano from a private sale it's good to pay a piano tuner to check it out first--he or she knows what look for.  I also suggest you avoid buying a spinet.  A console or upright is much better and holds the tuning longer.  Of course, if you can afford a $100,000 Bosendorfer concert grand piano (and have room in your house)--so much better!  There are websites where you can look at piano brands and compare the quality.  It's advisable before spending money on something you'll probably own for a long time to do a bit of research first.   


 I teach all ages, but my favorite starting age is SEVEN.  On occasion I will accept a six-year old  under certain conditions.  I also teach adults, up to age one-hundred!  Actually, I have taught people in their seventies.  The same applies to taking piano lessons as to planting a tree --The best time was 20 years ago--the next best time is NOW!"