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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $195 per hour.

30-min $10
 
$34 average
$145
45-min $12
 
$46 average
$170
60-min $15
 
$58 average
$195

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 21% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $34.

Curious how much music theory lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best music theory teachers .

Music Theory Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Music Theory teachers

John G.

Spring Valley, CA
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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Marissa V.

Midlothian, IL
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About John G.

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High School and College Level Music Theory for all instrumentalists, Song Writers and Arrangers

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Tyler T. December 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My son loved his first lesson and the instructor. 😊
thank you, John. He got to play many notes that he did not with the previous instructor.
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Lina J. November 27, 2017
· Tennis · In home
John was great - super patient and encouraging.
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Gabi April 27, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
great first lesson!

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach chord and scale theory! How to apply it to your instrument or use it to make your songwriting better!

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frank April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going, intuitive, patient and he plays along with enthusiasm. Could not ask for a better guide!
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Bill S. February 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent lesson. Only 30 minutes but by the end I was playing simple improvisations (on the piano) over a blues-pattern bass. I didn't believe I had it in me ("improvisation") but he definitely brought it out! He accompanied me on his guitar and we alternated playing the melody\bass on the piano\guitar several times. Quite a trip and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Archer February 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mike is awesome. He taught my daughter piano, guitar, and ukelele. He's very supportive and encouraging, yet he also is quick to correct mistakes.

Mike makes learning music so much fun. My daughter enjoyed the lessons and enjoyed the pieces he taught her. She is now pretty good at improv as well.

I actually took guitar lessons from Mike too, and I learned so much in a very short time.

When Mike is giving lessons, there's no time wasted. My daughter was always playing something during the lesson.

So Mike's enthusiasm for music is infectious. The kids will enjoy him, the lesson, and the music.

Thanks, Mike!

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Midlothian, IL
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How to read and write music.

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Alan April 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I was surprised at how comfortable I was to sing in front of someone. She made it easy for me.
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Tez V. October 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Glad to pick Ms Marissa as my daughter voice teacher, she's awesome!!!!
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Tim April 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Marisa is great! She is a very nice and easy going person. Very happy with my lessons.

Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ
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Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Peter D.

Oakland, CA
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You will learn the conventions of written music and how to analyze or manipulate notes and chords so that they apply to your musical requirements, whether that of an astute listener or a musician.

Beginning music theory goes along with learning to read music.

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Michele January 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is an outstanding instructor with many years of experience. She is patient and supportive with a talent and insight that has helped me progress beyond my expectations. Lessons always begin on time. I’m thankful I have Cheryl as a teacher and always look forward to going to class!
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Mark Higgins November 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is a great teacher. She loves music and that enthusiasm is inspiring.
I am looking forward to many lessons
ahead and advancing my playing skills.
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Bill L. October 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl laid back person with a great teaching method. Can't wait until next lesson.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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Michelle feels it is incredibly important that all vocal/singing students have at least a basic understanding of music theory, reading music and ear training. This greatly assists them as they mature as a singer and as a performer, giving them the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive in their musical endeavors. Michelle designs a specific curriculum for each student’s goals and needs so that these important music skills can be fun and accessible to anyone.

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Arianna May 17, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
My daughter is really enjoying this experience. Thank you Michelle!
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Allie Z. March 29, 2018
· Audition Prep · Online
Michelle was a FANTASTIC instructor! :) I had a really hard time choosing instructors but I am so glad I picked her. Without much prior singing experience, I auditioned and made it into the fifth best choir in the world but I couldn’t have done it without Michelle‘s help! People in the choir were surprised that I was auditioning in without having been in a chorus before. She really knows what she’s talking about and is encouraging and uses every minute of the lessons wisely. I can’t believe how much I improved in just five lessons! Definitely would recommend Michelle!
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Utkarsh March 8, 2018
· Singing · Online

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Oakland, CA

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From scales, to key signatures, to rhythm, to chord progressions, to harmony, to melody, to arrangement.... I teach pretty much everything on every level of music theory! All levels welcome.

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Wick A. February 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great instructor. Friendly, easy to understand, talented and can teach piano, theory, composition, etc.
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Susan December 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10 year old son loves playing little riffs on the piano but really didn't want lessons for fear it would be too much like school. Peter has been awesome about tailoring the lessons so that my son can choose the Music he likes and move forward from his place of interest. Peter is a skilled and gifted pianist, and my son is totally inspired to keep playing and put in the work to improve.
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Leyla November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been working with Peter for a little over a year and although I'm moving away, I will be continuing my sessions with him over video. Over the past year, I've had the most incredible mentoring experience with Peter and would highly recommend him to students of all ages. I used to play piano as a kid and quit when I was in middle school, and Peter has helped me regain, maintain and build on my skills. He takes measures to keep me accountable in my practice and also nurtures and encourages me creatively -- his experience as a composer comes in handy and we have dope jam sessions. In addition to his musical teaching practice, Peter is also training in somatic and trauma healing modalities that infuse his work with students with care and attunement. I know some parents who work with him keep him around their kids as a life coach and buddy as well as a music teacher. He's the best and I will miss seeing him every week in person!

Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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Music Theory Lessons

Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what learning music theory will do for you. It will help you gain a better understanding of music, no matter how hard the art may be do to define. Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Some of these concepts include: harmony, melody, rhythm, form, structure, and texture if you gain knowledge about these concepts, you can heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

Whether you are looking for a general basic music theory lessons, specialized instruction for music theory notation of instruments, or trying learn how to make music theory fun for children, your best bet is to pursue a music theory class with one of our certified instructors. A good instructor is the arguably the best tool you can have when learning music theory because they can explain all the transpositions, or musical mathematics involved. Also, if you have an experienced mentor, they can offer music theory assistance, music theory appreciation, and music theory application. Your teacher can even provide suggestions on free music composition software available online. So, if you’d like to be well-versed music, sign up for our music theory lessons today!

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