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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $185 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$35 average
$300
45-min $17
 
$47 average
$152
60-min $20
 
$60 average
$185

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 22% less expensive at $47, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $35.

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Roberta M.

Brooklyn, NY
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Mike S.

New York, NY
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El Cajon, CA
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About Roberta M.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I teach beginning theory through more advanced students, focusing on classical music.

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Firas .. January 17, 2019
· Piano · Online
she has got a very lovely and cheerful personality.It made me really want to practice more piano even though i haven't played it for months.
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Susan W. November 28, 2018
· Flute · Online
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Susan W. May 23, 2018
· Flute · Online
very patient teacher, very good at working with my limitations. I highly recommend her

About Mike S.

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New York, NY
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Alexandre S. December 17, 2013
· Drum ·
a phenominal instructor

I only sat at a drum set a handfull of times , and am playing the drums. That is because Mike is an outstanding teacher, who wrote a book that I use religiously, and as a result, am learning the drums. I never knew I could play, and now I play in only 3 lessons ! Get the book, get the instructor. MIKE IS RIGHT.

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El Cajon, CA

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Learn how to read music, and how notes fit together to create it. From ancient music to modern techniques, including orchestration and arrangement.

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Will January 11, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.
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Randy W. November 20, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I would think the first lesson is always the hardest to start since as an instructor you don’t know what skill level you will be teaching. Trevor started the class asking what I wanted to accomplish and ended with lots of practice lessons for me to complete. Looking forward to more classes with him.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.

Anahit S.

Van Nuys, CA
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North Hollywood, CA
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Tulsa, OK
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Making music an important part of life

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Michael November 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher who has been training my daughter in classical piano for the past 3 years. Anahit has an incredibly vast knowledge of piano repertoire, technique and performance. She has gotten my daughter active in the Certificate of Merit program of California and understands how to properly prepare students to achieve high marks in all aspects of piano study. Highly recommended!
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Hovik July 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano lessons with Anahit for 2,5 years. I was recommended by an acquaintance, whose technique I admired and I also saw the improvement immediately after she started taking classes with Anahit. I am so glad I made the decision to commit full time and let Anahit work her magic. She has certainly taken me to new levels of knowledge, skill and technique. If anyone is serious about playing the piano, especially as a career, look no further. Aside being a master of her craft, she is kind, professional and polite. I highly recommend her!
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jessica June 24, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anahit is an amazing piano instructor. She instills a felling of confidence in students. She also has a very extensive repertoire that almost seems endless. I would recommend her to anyone of any age that wants to learn how to play the piano. She teaches from the basics to very advanced levels. She is also very committed to her job, and rarely misses lessons. Her lessons are very professional and private.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Music theory is an extremely important tool in the journey of becoming a better musician. Learn the basics of key signatures, scales and scale qualities, intervals, chords, harmonic qualities (major versus minor), rhythm, etc. etc. Knowing these elements and how to use them will help you express emotion and create tension in a song.

About Mimi D.

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Tulsa, OK
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I make Ear training and music theory fun and meaningful to the music you are playing. I teach music theory for all music instruments, styles and music genres.
We will explore all you need to know to improve your music playing and make sure you will pass any music theory tests.
I will tutor you and help you get high marks in music theory.
You will have lots of fun increasing your understanding of the fundamentals of music and how to apply them to improving greatly your performance skills and test results.

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Catherine F. January 15, 2019
· Piano · Online
Mimi was awesome. She let me play some things. She could evaluate where I was based on giving some songs to play. She was patient and encouraging.
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Daniella Davis December 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
My first lesson was wonderful , I had been trying to learn on my own for the last three months, Mimis instruction was very helpful. She was friendly warm and encouraging. I look forward to my next lesson. I was a little intimidated by her vast experience , she reassured me and put my fears at ease. She also has experience teaching adults which is what I was looking for . I am 50 years old and have no experience playing violin .
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Travis November 29, 2018
· Violin · Online
Our first lesson went great; Mimi helped me pick up where I left off, and I'm really looking forward to future lessons. The lesson was productive and Mimi provided helpful instruction.

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.

Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!

Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!

A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, trans … Read More

Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, trans
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
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
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

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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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