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How Much Do Violin Lessons Cost?

 
low costLow: Group lessons $20-$45 per monthaverage costMedium: Private lessons start at $15-$35 per half hourhigh costHigh: Private lessons can run $40-$100+ per half hour
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  Typical costs:
  • Private lessons start around $15-$35 or more per half-hour, but can be $40-$100 or more per half hour if the teacher has special qualifications, such as advanced degrees or experience playing in a prestigious orchestra. Longer lessons are priced proportionately, but a half-hour or 45 minutes is common for beginners, because a longer session can be overwhelming.
  • Group lessons are typically for younger students, run about $20-$45 or more a month, and usually are offered in addition to (rather than instead of) private lessons.
  • Teach yourself CDs and DVDs run $30-$80 or more; online lesson services can be $30-$200 or more. FolkOfTheWood.com offers free written lessons, with photos and ViolinMasterClass.com offers free online video lesson.
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What should be included:
  • Lessons are usually once a week. Some teachers specialize in young students; others in adult learners. Traditional lessons teach students to read music a few notes at a time, using books designed for beginners. Under the Suzuki method[1] , extremely young children learn to play by hearing and repetition rather than reading music. For violin, Suzuki teachers usually combine private and group lessons; often, a parent and child attend these sessions together.
  • In private lessons, a trained teacher provides immediate feedback and encouragement. During that time the teacher may review assignments, listen to the student play, make comments, explain the theory involved in a particular exercise or piece, or play an assignment so the student can hear it performed with proper technique and styling. Typically, there will an assignment to practice before the next lesson.
Additional costs:
  • A teacher may provide a list of books and other materials that will be needed for the lessons, or sell them directly to the student. Expect to spend anywhere from $25-$75 or more each year for music books[2] .
  • Depending on the nature of the event, there might be fees ranging from $2-$200 or more to participate in recitals, performances or competitions.
Discounts:
  • College students might provide low-cost lessons; contact a nearby campus.
Shopping for violin lessons:
  • Ask for teacher recommendations from the local music store or nearby schools or community colleges, as well as from family members or friends who play violin. ViolinOnline.com lists tips for selecting a violin teacher[3] .
  • The Music Teachers National Association[4] provides a brochure about choosing a teacher for your child, plus a link to search for certified music teachers in your area.
  • Strings Magazine hosts a directory of stringed-instrument music schools[5] and Violinist.com provides a list of summer violin camps[6] .
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Advice for finding a violin teacher
Amount: $0.00 per lesson
Posted by: Jennifer T Louie in Tuscaloosa, AL.Posted: September 8th, 2010 02:09PM
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As a private violin teacher at a state university , here is my advice about selecting a violin teacher:
1. I recommend an interview with the violin teacher before signing up for lessons. Interviews don't cost much if at all. If you want a single lesson, expect to pay for their time.
2. Please budget the instrument costs as well as supplies, recitals, competitions into your overall costs with lessons.
3. Ask about music education and experience. For example, a state university community music school will have higher teacher requirements than those of a music store. The better educated your violin teacher is, the less time you will have to relearn new skills which can cost money and time as well as your health.
4. Lesson fees include-reservation of day of the week/time of lesson, planning time for the student(you don't want teachers unprepared for lessons) coordinating with parents or the student outside of lessons and organizing student recitals.
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Violin lessons
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Posted by: Jennifer Louie in Seattle, WA.Posted: June 14th, 2010 01:06PM
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As a private violin teacher at a university, I found this article to be helpful. Parents should take their time to find a great teacher for their children. Many universities have a community music school where there are programs for children through adult ages and a wide variety of teachers. You should ask about student recitals. Group lessons or a semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) are a great way to start, but you will need private lessons eventually as you will want to grow and expand your literature. Also look at costhelper.com on buying a violin. You will have to provide your own instrument in most cases. Good luck
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External Resources:
  1.  suzukiassociation.org/teachers/twinkler/
  2.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/002-9780270-7746444?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-ke...
  3.  www.violinonline.com/findteacher.htm
  4.  www.mtna.org/
  5.  directory.allthingsstrings.com/event/guide/camps-summer-programs
  6.  www.violinist.com/shop/
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