Learning to play an instrument takes time and dedication. The piano is no exception to this. While a small number of people are able to teach themselves how to play the piano, it is uncommon. These people largely have an excellent ear for music. Most people require some form of instruction. On the whole, a one-hour lesson in London will set you back around £40.
Why would you like to learn the piano?
It could be a lifelong dream of yours to master the elegance of piano playing. Alternatively, it could be a challenge to yourself as people often say how difficult it is. Whatever your reason, learning to play the piano can be incredibly rewarding. Regardless of how advanced your playing becomes, you will have accomplished a lot by being able to play a range of tunes.
Why do private tuition costs vary?
Tutor’s Motivation – all tutors are different. Some tutor as a way of making ends meet. Others, however, wish to share their love of music with the world. These people tend to charge a little less, some only covering their costs.
Experience – both your and your tutor’s experience could impact on the price you pay for classes. Highly-experienced tutors, who have been in the business for many years, tend to charge more. They have established themselves firmly in the market and probably have a waiting list. Likewise, those of you who are requiring a high level of tuition can expect to pay a little more in some cases. Beginner lessons need less preparation and are, therefore, often priced lower.
Content of lessons – if the actual playing of the piano is the sole thing you need to learn, this may affect the pricing of your tuition. Most tutors also offer support for extra skills, which enhance your piano playing, such as sight reading, performance skills, music theory and composition.
Frequency and length of lessons – if you are hoping to undertake more than one lesson a week, you may be entitled to a discount. Furthermore, if you are having 30-minute lessons, these are likely to set you back more in the long run for the same amount of tuition.
Location – unlike other forms of tuition, music is not taught in a public place. The tutor will often have a piano and all of the necessary resources at their home. However, if you have a piano and would prefer to learn on your own, the tutor may travel to you. This will usually incur an extra fee to account for transport costs. The further away from the tutor you live, the higher these costs. In this situation, the tutor would also be able to fit fewer pupils into their schedule than when tutoring from home. This may also impact on the price.
How to find the perfect piano tutor for you
In all aspects of life, we get along with some people and don’t gel with others. When you are paying for a service, it is vital that you choose someone with whom you know you are going to get on well. The same applies if it is your child whose lessons you are organising and funding. An introductory lesson can be a great way to establish a working relationship. Often, a piano teacher will offer a short session for free, but it does depend on the individual. Furthermore, it will allow you the opportunity to evaluate whether the tutor will be a good fit for you or your child. At the end of the day, you are paying for a service and you have every right to make sure you find the best for you and your circumstances.
Asking friends and family members for their recommendations is a good way of sourcing someone who will meet your needs. However, in a lot of cases, you might be going into this fairly blind. Reading online reviews is a great way of getting a feel for someone and their type of practice.
It is also worth checking that they will be able to meet your needs in terms of the lessons they offer. If you are hoping to sit your Grade 4, is this something they will be able to support? Having an open dialogue with any potential teachers is an important step. You both need to make sure that you are coming from the same place in terms of expectations.
If you are looking to hire a tutor for your child, be sure to take into account their background. All teachers worth their weight will have been subject to an enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) check. This will ensure that their past does not have any convictions, which might make them unsuitable for working with children or even vulnerable adults.