How to Save Money on Music Lessons

Dreaming of being the next big chart-topper on Billboard? Thinking about where you’ll display your Grammy Award? Today’s big music stars may make it look easy, but keep in mind, they didn’t just wake up one day to record deals and Grammy-nominated songs.  The glitz and glamour is usually preceded by strict training regimens, private music lessons, and a dedication to improving.

From the beginner looking for guidance to the professional seeking a second ear, the benefits of private lessons are indispensable.  The one-on-one direction will set you up for success, provide accountability, build your confidence, and most of all, it can inspire you and motivate you!

Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, it’s very easy to think of a thousand excuses to avoid or delay music lessons.  For many, the cost is a strong deterrent.  But if music is a hobby you’re passionate about, or especially if you’re considering it as a career path, think about the cost of not taking private lessons.  For one, without the added accountability, it’s easy to slowly drop off the charts and stop playing altogether.  Second, proper training will help you avoid music-related injuries, such as strained vocal cords or tendinitis.  College-bound?  Proficient players can earn scholarships, whether you plan on majoring in music or not.

Still need to cut costs?  Here are 4 ways to save money on music lessons:

1.  Shop around
Run a search on TakeLessons.com and you can filter your results by price, location, availability, and more. We let our teachers set their own prices, so you can find the one that best suits your needs. Plus, most instructors offer several lesson lengths at different prices – for example, a 30-minute lesson will cost less than an hour-long lesson. Think about your needs and goals, but above all, find the teacher who is right for you. Sacrificing the guidance you’ll receive from a top-notch teacher to save a few dollars may not be worth it in the long run, if you’re aiming for high goals.

2. Buy used instruments
As a beginner student, it’s not necessary to buy a brand new top-of-the-line instrument.  Used instruments can be just as good as new ones, depending on how well the previous owner cared for it.  Ask your friends or family if they have extra instruments that aren’t being used, or look on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon for used instruments at heavily discounted prices.  Your teacher can be a great resource for this and can provide great recommendations.

3. Consider in-home or online lessons
In today’s society, time is money. Even though the initial cost may be higher for in-home lessons, think about the time (and gas!) you’ll save by taking lessons with a teacher who can travel to you.  In addition, students who take in-home lessons are typically less stressed – think about the times you’ve packed up your bag to head to your teacher’s studio, only to forget an important book or piece. Online lessons, typically taught via Skype, also provide the same benefits, and are often priced even lower. (Learn more about online lessons here!

4. Practice!
The best way to save money on music lessons is to avoid wasting your money.  The more you practice, the faster you’ll progress and improve, making the most of your cash.  If you don’t practice, you may end up stuck on one song longer than necessary.  Also consider the quality of your lessons – are your lessons scheduled for the evening, when you’re typically exhausted from a hard day at work?  Maybe it’s time to think about switching to a weekend morning, when you’re more alert and relaxed.  Make the most of your lesson time, and you’ll start seeing improvements.

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