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Average Cost of Piano Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $9 and $300 per hour.

30-min $9
 
$36 average
$130
45-min $9
 
$49 average
$150
60-min $9
 
$63 average
$300

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute piano 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 piano lessons are 23% less expensive at $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $36.

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

Piano Lesson Reviews from Students

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Gabrielius A.

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Irvine, CA
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About Gabrielius A.

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New York, NY

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I bring to teaching piano an unrivalled Juilliard education, international performing and recording career, and 18 years of experience teaching students of various levels. In teaching, I see myself as my students' partner dedicated to helping them realize their full potential as budding musicians and performers. I am encouraging, enthusiastic, patient, and flexible in teaching adults and children of all levels. I love finding the right individual approach with each of my students, so that they stay motivated and inspired while growing in their musical understanding and mastery.

I strongly believe that a chief tool enabling progress in all aspects of musicianship is focused listening, and see my role as a teacher to guide students in developing power and sensitivity of aural perception through concrete steps and activities. I'm deliberate in selecting and assigning a repertoire that challenges students with appropriate techniques and allows them to develop as pianists and ...

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Bronwyn October 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Gabrielius has been teaching piano to my two daughters (5 and 7 years old) for the past 2 years and is an absolutely fantastic teacher! He is wonderful with children and has an amazing ability to figure out how to intrigue them with their lessons. My girls have learned a tremendous amount from him and really love their lessons with him!! He is truly a gifted teacher!
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Charisma August 29, 2018
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Dr. Gabrielius Alekna is a 5 Star piano teacher. He’s very inspiring. He’s an accomplished concert pianist, recording artist, and holds a Doctor of Music from the Julliard School of Music. Despite all of his accomplishments, he teaches with humility and kindness.

He establishes a high quality standard so you could achieve your best. Either by playing a passage or the whole music piece (to your heart’s delight), he demonstrates the complexity and beauty of the music you are working to learn.

He’s very professional. He genuinely regards every person without condescension and wants you to work toward being your best. I’ve taken lessons with him since 2009 and I’ve played pieces that I will never have been able to play without his patience with me. He is generous with his time, helping me to select a new piano on his day off and always finishing a lesson at its natural conclusion (not because the clock says so.)

Above all he’s a real person that you and I could relate with. And, because of that, I not only regard him as my instructor and mentor, but truly a friend.
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Martyna July 24, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have been studying piano with professor Gabrielius Alekna in Vytautas Magnus University's Music Academy (Lithuania) for three years. Now we continue our lessons online and I am more than pleased to work with him - he is an amazing pianist, caring teacher and one of the most wonderful people that I've ever met. Over this time Gabrielius taught me to hear and understand (classical) music in new and very subtle ways, encouraged me to take challenging music pieces and successfully helped understand, learn and perform them. With Gabrielius' lessons and help I've won national and international piano solo and accompanists competitions, discovered new ways of interpretating music in piano duet and chamber music ensemble. Gabrielius' teaching distinguishes itself by calm and professional approach, which makes the learning process seem rather easy and pleasant than challenging or requiring much effort. The methods used by Gabrielius help achieve excellent quality in one's playing and create the feeling of freedom, which makes the music flow...

About Sheila M.

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Irvine, CA

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I have over 14 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels. Students will learn to read music, music terminology, music theory, technique, and a wide variety of piano repertoire (classical, pop, rock, international music etc.)

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Candace November 13, 2018
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Delila S. October 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sheila is awesome! She made my daughter feel comfortable at her first lesson and explained things clearly. We would definitely recommend her!

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North Hollywood, CA
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Have you always wanted to learn piano? Have a child who is interested in music?

I am a professional pianist, composer and teacher (12+ years background in classical piano) specializing in beginner piano students. All ages are welcome, with lessons based on the interests/goals of each student. I will help you build a strong foundation in areas such as rhythm, music theory, note reading and technique, and you'll be playing songs in no time!

Piano was one of my first instruments, and it is a joy to be able to share my love and learning for this instrument and gateway into the vast spread of beautiful music out there. I am a performing artist, and in addition to piano, I specialize in songwriting and singing.

Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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Ben R.

New York, NY
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Jeff M.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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I teach and encourage students to play music and songs they love !!!
All music styles. Any and all music genres.
From very beginner students to very advanced. All levels All ages.
I can also teach you how to write your own original songs and melodies.

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Durga M. November 15, 2018
· Piano · Online
Very good. Appreciate your Lesson and the teaching techniques.
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Rick Brooksworth October 29, 2018
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Maggie Bloodworth October 9, 2018
· Viola · Online
It is a very delightful experience to work with Mimi. She is helping me get those deep lovely tones from the viola and helping me with techniques to help me play without fatigue so I can play longer and with more enjoyment!

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New York, NY

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I am a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program with ten years of teaching experience in beginner to intermediate classical piano and beginner to advanced jazz piano. I also teach accordion, as well as jazz and pop composition, jazz theory and music history. I'm a full time performing musician, so I can teach skills that are relevant to a performing career, but I'm also just as happy to teach someone who has never played an instrument before. Every student is different, and so I believe in catering my lesson plan to the needs and wants of each student, beginning from their goals and working towards a comprehensive knowledge of the piano.

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Candela September 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've taken jazz piano lessons with Ben for almost a year and I really enjoy them! He always finds new ways to explain things and suggests different exercises, even when we are working on one same tune. I always feel motivated to practice at the end of the lesson.
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Jackson August 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have learned so much from Ben about what it is to play jazz and have enjoyed every minute of it.
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Val August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ben is not only a very talented pianist and kind human being, but he is an incredibly intuitive teacher who understands how to constructively offer suggestions for what needs to be improved but also knows how to push you to the next level (in a way that seems on the edges of what is reachable). This makes learning the piano so exciting, productive, and varied and fun. I highly recommend Ben. It is a privilege to learn from and with him.

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Interested in composing and improvising music? Recent New England Conservatory graduate has a unique training in Composition, Jazz Piano, and Music Theory. This is coupled with real world professional experience including his time playing with main stage entertainment, accompanying broadway style singers, and performing nightly solo lounge piano throughout Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean. His curriculum nurtures the dialectic between love, passion, and excitement being the forefront of musical studies, and a stern understanding of the practical necessities required if a student wishes to take the pursuit to a conservatory and/or professional level. This includes studies in technique relevant to their specific discipline, music theory, ear training, and most importantly listening assignments that broaden the student’s musical palate. All ages and levels welcome.

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Michael B. November 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jeff really knows his stuff! Brilliant and very personable young man. As the rating says, "Best instructor ever".

Recent Piano Articles from the Blog

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

10 Wacky Facts About the World's Most Famous Piano Players [Infographic]

10 Wacky Facts About the World's Most Famous Piano Players [Infographic]

If you’re learning how to play piano, chances are you’ve come across the works of famous piano players, such as Rachmaninov, Beethoven, and Chopin. But do you know anything about these famous pianists? Sure these famous piano players wrote and performed some of the most well-known classical music pieces, but their personal lives are equally just as colorful. For example, did you know that Rachmaninov had enormous hands? Or that Beethoven went deaf at the age of 25? Check out the info … Read More

10 Wacky Facts About the World's Most Famous Piano Players [Infographic]
If you’re learning how to play piano, chances are you’ve come across the works of famous piano players, such as Rachmaninov, Beethoven, and Chopin. But do you know anything about these famous pianists? Sure these famous piano players wrote and performed some of the most well-known classical music pieces, but their personal lives are equally just as colorful. For example, did you know that Rachmaninov had enormous hands? Or that Beethoven went deaf at the age of 25? Check out the info
5 Easy Pop Songs to Play On Piano
Looking for some fun and easy pop songs to play on the piano? Take a look at these suggestions from Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. Playing your favorite songs on the piano doesn't have to be difficult. Start out with songs you enjoy and build from there. Here are five easy pop songs to play on piano for beginners! When you're ready to advance, try taking private piano lessons. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor This is a fun, chart-topping song. The chords to this are A - Bmin - E - A.
4 Songs That Every Classical Pianist Should Learn
Which classical piano songs should you have in your repertoire? Check out four of the most well-known pieces here, as complied by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W...   This is simply a list of four of the most time-tested and beautiful classical piano songs of all time. If you don’t know how to play these yet, you should learn them right away! 1. Moonlight Sonata This has withstood the test of time, considering that it was composed by Beethoven in 1801. The part of this sonata that ev
9 Steps for Writing a Hit Song on the Piano
What's the secret to writing beautiful and awe-inspiring piano music? Learn the steps in this guest post by St. Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...   Music industry legend has it that Lady Gaga, being a classically trained musician, writes many of her songs on the piano first. She's undoubtedly not the only pop, or country, or rock star to use the keys to compose. And if you're studying piano already, you might be itching to try your hand at your own songwriting. Allow me
5 Critical Questions To Ask Before Buying A Used Piano
In the market for a piano, and thinking about finding a used option instead of a brand-new instrument? Learn how to protect yourself and your investment in this guest post...   Are you planning on buying a used piano and wondering how to choose the right one without getting duped? Buying a used piano can be a precarious affair, since a used piano may not come with the warranty like a brand new one. However, you can make your task easier by asking the seller the following five crit

Free Piano Lessons with an Expert Teacher

Learn how to play the piano in these video tutorials from a professional piano teacher!

Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

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Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

Video #2:
Piano Basics

Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.

Video #3:
Reading Piano Notes

Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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Why TakeLessons?

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Piano Lessons

Learning to play the piano can be a very enjoyable hobby. The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument cannot be overstated!

The piano is a common instrument for beginning musicians, and many students choose piano to broaden their education as well as their physical and mental performance capacities. Piano is fun to learn, and with dedication and practice, most students can play several simple songs within a month or two.

It's no surprise students learn faster when taking private piano lessons. It simply cannot be compared to watching video tutorials or ‘how to play piano’ YouTube videos. Personalized lessons are important, and finding specialized teachers for one-on-one lessons allows students the necessary feedback and personal attention required to become great pianists.

Advantages of our personalized piano instruction include: • Fully customized lessons for all ages, experience levels and interests. • Extensive listings of friendly, certified teachers. • Easy access to online lesson journals. • 100% money back guarantee.

We believe music is fun and rewarding, and we've worked overtime to make sure you benefit not only from your lessons, but from the inspiring support and resources our piano instructors offer!

We hand-pick our piano teachers to give each student the best music education available. Our safe, certified instructors complete rigorous interviews, which include professional references and criminal background checks. There is nothing is more important than the safety of our students!

We offer flexibility so students can manage their lesson schedules, length and location. Our trained student counselors help you with everything from scheduling and billing to your initial communication with your teacher. All you have to worry about is enjoying your lessons!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Piano Lessons

Private piano lessons with a TakeLessons instructor are tailored to each student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get easier songs, easier exercises, and simpler techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level pianists to develop greater skills, to stretch their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately gain more satisfaction and enjoyment from the piano.

We understand advancing pianists may also have professional goals, so our teachers can counsel you to increase your chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you too can become a TakeLessons piano instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring pianists like you. Piano Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that piano practice can help children better and faster process music and language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent needs to be careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plants a seed for lifelong learning.

Piano Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. A Harvard study found that kids, at the average age of 6 who took 15 months of piano training show increased brain matter and structure. In other words, piano lessons can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as delightful as the piano.

Piano Lessons for Autism, Dyslexia, and other Special Needs

Some TakeLessons instructors specialize in teaching students with special needs. We believe that not every student learns the same way, and that every student, regardless of their special needs, is capable of becoming an excellent piano player. If you can’t find a special needs teacher near you, try searching for online teachers, to find the perfect teacher that can meet your or your child’s needs.

Piano Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the piano.

Piano Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work the piano by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Alternatively, we also offer group classes where you can practice the piano for free online in small groups. Sign up for TakeLessons Live, get unlimited access to piano practice, and join the class sessions that best work for your schedule. And hey, if you can afford to take private lessons, find a TakeLessons instructor near you, or take online classes.

Piano Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the piano or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine piano practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that piano practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

Piano Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the piano. Age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

What to Learn with Private Piano Lessons

Your private lessons instructor can help you fill in all the knowledge gaps that are preventing you from playing the piano to the best of your ability. Here are all the fundamental piano topics you should expect your teacher to cover:

Learn about the physical and theoretical aspects such as piano keys, notes, chords, scales, sheet music reading, tuning, music theory.

Learn how to play piano while singing or in combination with other instruments.

Learn about the similarities and differences between the different types of pianos: keyboards vs grand vs upright vs digital vs hybrid.

Learn about the similarities piano has with other percussion instruments such as tabla, djembe, bass and snare drums.

Learn about what separates an expert pianist from an intermediate level pianist.

Learn about popular piano songs and artists, and how to play like them.

Learn about the different piano music genres such as Classical, Jazz, Latin, Contemporary, Modern, and Christian.

Are piano and keyboard lessons the same?

A piano is acoustic instrument, a keyboard is electronic, and a digital piano is a mix of both. They each have unique advantages and drawbacks.

An acoustic piano and digital piano have weighted keys, while an electronic keyboard has unweighted keys. You can connect headphones to a digital piano or a keyboard so only the pianist can hear the music. Acoustic pianos sound the best, or rather, the most natural, but tend to be more expensive to buy, and to maintain (tuning). Keyboards and digital pianos are cheaper, don’t require tuning, and are easily portable. Grand pianos and upright pianos take up a lot of room, and are difficult to move, however, if they’re well taken care of, they can last you over 30 years.

A TakeLessons piano instructor can teach you best practices based on the type of piano or keyboard you or your child is using to learn and play.

Free Piano Lessons & Resources

Check out this video for a free piano lesson on finger speed exercises.

Check out this video on playing the piano with emotion.

Check out our free articles, guides, and infographics on learning the piano fast.

Finally, take free piano classes with TakeLessons Live.

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