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Singing Lessons Cost

How Much Do Singing Lessons Cost?

average costMedium: Averages $20-$35 per half hour in most areashigh costHigh: Can run $100+ per hour
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  Typical costs:
  • Voice lessons usually cost from $10-$35 for a half-hour lesson in most areas. However, professional-level instructors may charge as much as $100-$200 or more an hour, depending on their expertise and reputation. Typically beginners start with half-hour sessions, although they can be 45 minutes or an hour, depending on the teacher's preference. Some teachers or music schools provide a free initial consultation to determine your current singing range and potential; others may charge $10-$40 or more for this service. Generally, lessons are paid for in advance, at the first of every month.
  • provides a library of free online voice videos[1] .
Related articles: Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons

What should be included:
  • Lessons are usually held once a week, although advanced students may work with their teacher three times or more each week. A teacher is often primarily a voice technique teacher, who teaches you how to sing, or mainly a voice coach, who shows you what to sing to take best advantage of your voice.
  • A typical lesson will include warm-up exercises, feedback on your singing style and skills, technical practice and singing song selections of your choice. Many teachers will play piano as you perform or at least pick out the notes for you on a piano. Generally, the goals are to help you develop tone, pitch, breath control, intonation, emphasis, volume, posture, relaxation and voice quality. outlines what happens during singing lessons.
  • It's extremely important to find a good voice teacher and to ask about an instructor's training and background, because poor instruction or incorrect practice can actually ruin your voice. Singing should never hurt.
Additional costs:
  • Expect to spend $50-$150 or more each year on music books and sheet music.
  • Participating in recitals, competitions or other performances may include fees of $2-$25 for informal activities and $30-$200 or more for larger or more prestigious events.
  • College and university students may offer lessons at a low or reduced rate; check with your local campus.
Shopping for singing lessons:
  • The Music Teachers National Association[2] provides a brochure about choosing a teacher for your child, plus a link to search for certified music teachers in your area.
  • Ask for recommendations from local music stores, or your local school or church choir director. Search for teachers at the National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Music Teachers List[3] .
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Taking a holiday a capella class this season
Amount: $200.00 per lesson
Posted by: DS2014 in San Francisco, CA.Posted: November 8th, 2014 02:11AM
Duration of Lesson: hour
I love holiday music and am taking a group holiday a capella class. It's a group of about half a dozen people, meeting 6 times (plus 1 make-up lesson and at least 3 performances). It's 200 for the class, so about $33 a lesson.
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Voice Lessons
Amount: $100.00 per lesson
Posted by: dano in Tucson, AZ.Posted: May 30th, 2010 02:05PM
Duration of Lesson: 1 hour
The last time i took lessons i paid $100 for my instructor and my pianist through the University of AZ. But i writing in regards to this article on the cost of voice lessons. **I would suggest the new Voice teacher to 'remember' what where a students usual remarks to each question asked during a student 'free Voice Consultation". It will 'cater' to what the student wants and desires out of taking Voice from you.
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Taking classes for about a year
Amount: $50.00 per lesson
Posted by: new to singing in Menlo Park, CA.Posted: November 12th, 2008 01:11PM
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
I'd been thinking about voice lessons for years, and finally started about a year ago. My wife found an instructor through the NATS website (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and I definitely recommend finding an instructor who has some kind of real, formal training, and who also has background in the style of music you're interested in (most formally trained teachers seem to have a background in classical, chorale, and musical theatre, though some also cover pop, jazz, rock and even country). I started out with 30 minute lessons each week for $35 each, and eventually moved to 45 minute lessons at $50 each. Each class covers warm ups and vocal exercises for about 10-15 minutes, then reviewing the current songs with feedback, and occasionally generally discussing technique and style. The instructor also provides sheet music, mp3 recordings of the lessons, and mp3s of the accompaniments.
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