How Much Are Singing Lessons? 5 Factors That Contribute

If you want to improve your singing, you may be considering voice lessons. But how much are singing lessons? And is the investment worth the outcome?

Let’s answer the second question first. Voice lessons are an excellent way to learn proper singing techniques without stressing your vocal cords. You might have a natural talent for singing and think lessons are unnecessary, but there’s only so far you can go on raw talent alone. Singing lessons can teach you how to:

– Control your breathing

– Open up your vocal range

– Stay in tune

– Develop perfect pitch

– Project your voice safely

– Endure through a long song

Ultimately, if you really want to grow into the best vocalist you can be, formal voice training is critical.

Now, back to your first question: how much are singing lessons? Average prices for 30-minute lessons can range from as low as $10 to as much as $75. What’s with the large range? Several factors come into play. Ask yourself the following questions as you compare prices:

Where Do You Want to Take Lessons?

Prices vary across the country. Teachers who offer lessons in big cities – New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, for example – tend to charge more for their services. Of course, you don’t want to drive hours and hours to reach your voice teacher’s home or studio, so you could end up stuck with whatever the going rate is in your city.

Fortunately, a great way to broaden your search and go beyond the bounds of where you happen to live is to find a teacher who conducts live, online singing lessons via video chat. This also affords you more flexibility in scheduling, especially if you live in different time zones. Additionally, cutting out driving time and taking lessons from your favorite teacher from the comfort of your own home – despite the miles that separate you – is an extraordinary feat.

What Level of Expertise Are You Looking For?

As you might expect, young teachers just getting started are likely to recognize their limitations and charge less than instructors with years of experience molding up-and-coming stars in Los Angeles or New York.

Then again, even someone with exceptional vocal teaching skills may choose to charge a lower rate because they want to give everyone the chance to take singing lessons, no matter what their finance situation is like. Think about your specific goals and intentions as you’re searching for your teacher, and what you need in a teacher. It’s also smart to read through ratings or feedback from previous students to get a feel for the instructor’s teaching style and proficiency.

What is Your Personal Vocal Training Experience?

Is this the first time you’ve ever taken voice lessons? If so, it may be wise to test the waters with a teacher that charges less. You’ll likely be covering basic techniques at the beginning, and anyone offering voice lessons can do at least that much.

If you have taken lessons in the past and want to pick up where you left off, a more qualified (and thus pricier) teacher may be the better choice. You’re beyond the basics now and need to advance your voice beyond your comfort zone – so an experienced teacher is critical.

How Long Do You Want the Singing Lessons to Be?

Most teacher offer varying lesson lengths, starting at 30 minutes. This is often recommended for beginners, but you’ll want to check with your teacher to see what he or she suggests. 45- and 60-minute sessions are the the most popular length, as it allows for adequate time for warming up before getting to more complex exercises and songs.

It may seem like common knowledge, but it’s important to compare different teachers’ rates with the lesson lengths they offer. Otherwise you could accidentally assume one teacher charging $60 for 60-minute session is twice as expensive as another charging $30 for a 30-minute session, when in reality the per-minute rate is exactly the same.

What is Your Ultimate Goal?

Not all singing lessons are created equal. If you have a specific singing style you would like to learn, look for it on your potential teachers’ lists of specialties. Examples include Broadway, country, gospel, classical, jazz, opera, choir, music performance, stage performance, musical theater, and ear training.

Also consider what you hope to accomplish with your singing lessons. Do you want to be a music teacher? Join a choir? Or is theater performance in your sights? Wherever you want your singing lessons to take you, it will be the most beneficial to you if you choose an instructor with experience in that particular area. The more specific knowledge categories a vocal teacher has, the more he or she can charge for lessons.

So, ready to get started? Take all of the above into consideration as you’re doing your research, and you’ll have an easier time managing your budget and finding that perfect teacher. Good luck!

Comments

Faye Ann Witt

October 23, 2017 at 6:24pm

I used to kinda like singing along with some of my favorite singers and I guess I kinda still do but I'm kinda afraid to let anyone actually hear me cause in the past I've been told that I haven't got a bad voice but something about my tune of voice I don't know and it's kinda made me a little self-conscious.

Jessica Dais

October 24, 2017 at 9:40am

Hi Faye! Have you ever considered taking singing classes to improve your skills? Working with a singing instructor who can give you feedback on your voice will drastically boost your confidence. Did you know you can take free singing classes for a month at <a href="https://takelessons.com/live/singing" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">TakeLessons Live</a>? You should try it! Hope that helps. :)

lucinda copes

February 14, 2018 at 3:36pm

I guess I can contribute! I had thoughts of being a singer in the past, I grew up wanting to then I let go for a while after elementary school then tried again in high school and church, also I played around a bit in the streets of Philadelphia with street corner folks, it was interesting!!!! Even until now I had that imagine in my mind, I tried out for one half hour in a lessons class but I felt that I had been let down somewhere(!?) I don't know what that feeling is but I always want to hear myself and hope that now that I'm older I hope that singing only the church gospel doesn't just be my pick for starting again! (I'm thinking about it, and there's a whole lot of music' s out there, but where to begin, well it's going to be a chance to take!) networking isn't what it used to be!

Brandon

December 05, 2018 at 6:35pm

I love singing especially when my favorite song comes on the radio I have an average voice I just want to make people happy when I sing that would be amazing I love seeing people smile when they hear me sing even though it's okay I wish I could take it to the next level so everyone can enjoy my singing.

Jessica Dais

December 06, 2018 at 7:52am

Hi Brandon! That's excellent that you want to take your skills to the next level. Have you tried the <a href="https://takelessons.com/live/singing" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow">free online singing classes at TakeLessons Live</a>? These classes are led by live instructors via webcam. Feel free to check them out and learn some new skills! :) -Jess from TakeLessons

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