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How Much Do Cello Lessons Cost?

 
low costGroup Lessons: $20-$45+ per monthaverage costMedium: Start $15-$35 per half hourhigh costHigh: $40-$100 per half hour
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  Typical costs:
  • Private lessons start around $15-$35 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 professional 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 (usually for younger students) run about $20-$45 or more monthly, and generally are offered in addition to (rather than instead of) private lessons.
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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 listening 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.
  • CelloHeaven.com lists quick tips for beginning cellists[2] , such as how to tune a cello[3] , how to hold the bow[4] or how to maintain an instrument[5] .
Additional costs:
  • Participating in recitals, competitions or other performances may include fees ranging from $2-$25 for informal events to $50-$200 or more.
  • Expect to spend anywhere from $25-$100 or more each year for music books[6] .
Discounts:
  • College students might provide low-cost lessons; contact a nearby campus.
Shopping for cello lessons:
  • Ask for teacher recommendations from the local music store or the music departments of nearby high schools or community colleges.
  • The Internet Cello Society hosts a list of cello teachers[7] .
  • The Music Teachers National Association[8] provides a brochure about choosing a teacher for your child, plus a link to search for certified music teachers in your area[9] .
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
starting rate from a cello major?
Amount: $20.00 per lesson
Posted by: a user in Cleveland, OH.Posted: January 23rd, 2013 06:01PM
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
I have only two students. They are sisters, in middle school, and I give them each a 45 minute lesson back to back. I charge $20 each and I give them discounts on music. I am a 3rd year cello major at a renowned conservatory, and I have studied string pedagogy. Hypothetically, I charge $15 for a half hour and $30 for an hour. I know I'm a good teacher with a lot of experience, but I have no completed degree or professional positions. Is this a reasonable starting rate?
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External Resources:
  1.  suzukiassociation.org/teachers/twinkler/
  2.  www.cello.org/heaven/lessons.htm
  3.  www.cello.org/heaven/tuning.htm
  4.  www.cello.org/heaven/holdbow.htm
  5.  www.cello.org/heaven/celcare.htm
  6.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/105-3124886-3410828?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-ke...
  7.  www.cello.org/heaven/database/na.htm
  8.  www.mtna.org/
  9.  www.mtnacertification.org/
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