How much are piano lessons?

Image at top of page shows an Adult Beginner Piano student holding money considering the cost of piano lessons.

How much are piano lessons in 2023?

Factors that affect piano teachers’ hourly rates

How to save money on piano lessons’ cost

The hidden cost of piano lessons to consider

Do you pay in advance for piano lessons?

Do online piano lessons cost less?

Can I teach myself piano?

Are you getting your money’s worth?


How much are piano lessons in 2023?

On average, beginner piano lessons costs vary from $30 to $80 per hour in the U.S.  In Canada, they are from 45CAD to 80CAD per hour. The U.K.’s average cost per lesson is from £35 to £75, and 25AUD to 80AUD in Australia.  France piano lessons range from 40€ to 70€.

When looking for a piano teacher, it’s essential to consider the cost of living in your area. In general, the hourly rate for a piano lesson will be higher in areas with a high cost of living, such as New York City.

However, there are a few ways to get around this. First, you can look for group lessons, and these are usually cheaper than private lessons. Plus you’ll still get the chance to learn from a professional piano teacher.

You can also ask your friends if they know any good piano teachers who offer group classes or discounts. Factors that affect piano lesson prices include years of experience, location, and how long a piano teacher’s waiting list is.

So, how much do piano lessons cost in your area? It’s important to shop around and compare rates before you choose a teacher. But with a little bit of research, you’re sure to find a qualified instructor who can help you learn to play the piano – no matter what your budget is!

Factors that affect piano teachers’ hourly rates

1. Teacher’s Reputation And Experience

this image is of one of the best adult piano instructors in his area.

A piano teacher’s reputation can greatly affect the amount they can charge, no matter where they are located. An excellent performer who is also known to be an excellent teacher can be extremely expensive, charging over $100 per hour.

However, don’t assume that a good performer who can improvise and is well versed in music theory is also a good teacher.

On the other hand, your aunt Hilda may not charge a high hourly rate but may be a very good piano teacher.

2. Location

  • Geographic Location

The cost of living in your area will be a big factor in determining the average cost of lessons. In general, rural areas with small populations will be less expensive than large cities. However, that depends on the individual characteristics of the rural area or city.

The Philippines has a low cost of living as compared to New York City. So a $100 piano lesson in New York may only cost PhP5,00 (Less than $10) in the Philippines.

However, thanks to the internet and services like Zoom, Skype, and GoToMeeting, locations with good WiFi can level the playing field for the tech-savvy student.

  • Piano Lesson Location

Where your teacher actually is during your lesson may also affect the cost of piano lessons. If your lesson is at 0 for an hour, an online Zoom, Skype or GoToMeeting lesson will probably be the same price as in person.

However, if the piano teacher is willing to come to your house, that same lesson will probably be $60 to $70 to cover the teacher’s travel expenses.

3. Lesson Length

Obviously, the piano lesson length will change the price. Here is the price difference for 60 minutes, 45 minute, and half-hour lesson length from the Piano Lessons New York City website in March 2023:

this image is of the cost of piano lessons in new york city

How to save money on piano lessons’ cost

the image is of money saved on piano lessons.

If you’re looking for ways to save on piano lessons, there are a few options to consider. First, music schools typically offer discounts for group lessons, so you can split the cost with a friend or family member.

Second, music studios often offer trial lessons at a reduced rate, so you can try out a few different teachers before committing to one.

Finally, many music teachers offer sliding scale pricing, so you can pay what you can afford. There are also a few things you can do to reduce the cost of piano lessons on your own.

For example, daily practice will help you progress faster and make the most of your time with your teacher. You can also listen to music and watch tutorials online to supplement your lessons. By taking all of these steps, you can save money on piano lessons while still getting the education and training you need.

Don’t make price the most important factor when choosing a piano teacher. If you go for the lowest cost teacher, thinking that you can “upgrade” to a better one later, think again. Rather than having piano lessons’ cost as your main consideration, you need to keep other factors in mind.

For instance, it is very important to start with the best teacher you can afford from the very beginning. This is due to the nature of habit development in learning motor skills. When you start out on the wrong foot, it will be an arduous task to un-learn bad practice habits.

Beginner adult piano students need the eagle eye of a good instructor to nip any problems in the bud right from the start.

Some studios/teachers do give a discount for committing to lessons over a longer period of time. If there is a choice, you can choose to purchase lessons in advance, which in most cases can reduce the piano lesson’s hourly rate. Here are a couple of examples from not too long ago:

Piano Lessons New York City charged

• $89 for a one-time 1-hour lesson, $89 for a 1-hour monthly lesson, and $79 per hour for their 15-week semester-based lessons.

University of South Carolina School of Music charged

•$489 for a 14 week semester of 45-minute lessons for their Adult Musician Piano Study, which is $34.92 per lesson; $130 for three 45-minute lessons, which is $43.33 per lesson.

No matter how much or little you spend on lessons, you are wasting all of your money if there is no progress.

If the most expensive teacher delivers results and the others do not, then the most costly would be the least expensive.

The hidden cost of piano lessons to consider

Piano lessons can be a great way to improve your musical skills, but there are some hidden costs to consider before you sign up. Group lessons tend to be less expensive than private lessons. However, you’ll get less one-on-one attention from the instructor.

Piano classes at a community college or music school can be a good option if you’re on a budget, but you may not get as much individualized attention as you would in a private lesson.

Music theory classes can also be expensive, but they’re often required if you want to take private piano lessons. Ultimately, the cost of piano lessons will depend on your goals and what type of instruction you’re looking for. But with a little research, you can find an affordable option

Piano Investment

You’ll want to have access to a piano with a weighted keyboard (if digital) or an acoustic piano with a properly regulated action.

The average price for a decent-quality acoustic upright piano is $4,500 to $8,500. A baby grand piano is around $6,000 to $12,000. A grand piano’s average cost in 2023 is around $25,000-$30,000.

If you are an absolute beginner, you may want to purchase an inexpensive keyboard to start. Make sure it is at the very least “touch-sensitive” with semi-weighted keys.

Here’s an example of an adult beginner starter keyboard:

This Image is of an Alesis Recital – 88 Key Digital Piano Keyboard with Semi Weighted Keys that many adult beginning piano students start with

If you own an acoustic piano, or you just inherited one for free, you’ll need to get it tuned. In the U.S., that will cost between $120 to $140 on average.

If there are any “issues” such as keys that don’t work, broken strings, uneven keyboard action, you’ll need to decide if it is worth repairing. Make sure to get an estimate from a qualified technician before moving a “free” piano.

Purchase Sheet Music

If you are not technically savvy or prefer printed music instead of online materials, you will spend anywhere from $20 to $100 per year acquiring printed music.

Most students are comfortable with technology nowadays. There are a number of ways to acquire new music on the internet. Here are two subscription-based sites: – $10.75 per month (if you pay the $129 annual fee)

this image is of the pianostreet website's sheet music page. – $9.99 per month

the image is of the Scribd website's piano sheet music page.

Here is the most popular site for piano sheet music in the public domain:


this image is from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Petrucci Music Library public domain sheet music website.

IMSLP stands for the International Music Score Library Project and was started in 2006. The logo on the main page is a capital letter A. It was taken from the beginning of the very first printed book of music, the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton. It was published in Venice in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci, the library’s namesake.

Registration & Administration Fees

Some piano teaching studios and private teachers charge an extra “fee” to cover administrative costs. Here are a few examples:

•Piano Pathways in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

An annual enrollment fee of $70 per child ($100 for a family of two or more children enrolled) is added to the first tuition payment. Festival and competition fees are not included in the semester tuition.

•Piano Central Studios in Greenville, South Carolina:

Registration Fees are charged at the time of enrollment for new students and thereafter in September of each year for returning students.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

The registration fee is an all-inclusive, once-annual fee that covers various recital and performance events fees, as well as registration processing.

$25 for Kindermusik students, $50 for school-age students, and $15 for adult students. Enrollment Fees are non-refundable.

Travel Expenses

If you have to travel to your piano teacher’s studio, don’t forget to factor in paying for gas. Also, remember parking, and any other means of travel expenses such as bus or train fare.

Do you pay in advance for piano lessons?

the image is of an adult beginner piano student on a baby grand piano.

If you’re considering piano lessons, you may be wondering whether you need to pay for them in advance. The answer to this question depends on a few factors. For instance the type of piano lessons you’re taking and the piano teacher you’re working with.

If you’re taking group piano lessons, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to pay for them in advance. However, if you’re taking a private piano lesson or piano classes, it’s common for piano teachers to require payment in advance.

This helps to ensure that their students are committed to the process and that they’ll be able to cover the cost of their piano lesson. Ultimately, whether or not you need to pay for piano lessons in advance is something that you’ll need to discuss with your piano teacher.

If you’re looking for a way to save money on your piano lessons, be sure to ask your teacher about discounts for multiple students or payment in advance.

You may also want to consider buying a used piano rather than renting or purchasing a new one. By taking these steps, you can make learning to play more affordable for you.

Do online piano lessons cost less?

the image is of a young female music teacher instructing a beginner piano student at a music school.

If you’re thinking about playing piano, you might be wondering if online piano lessons are cheaper than in-person lessons. In general, piano teachers charge more for in-person lessons because they have to cover the costs of renting a space and traveling to and from lessons.

However, there may be some exceptions depending on your location and the piano teachers’ rates. For example, if you’re only able to take one lesson per week, it may be more expensive in the long run to go with in-person lessons.

On the other hand, group lessons can sometimes be cheaper than private lessons, regardless of whether they’re online or in-person. Ultimately, the best way to find out is to contact a few local piano teachers and ask for their rates.

Regardless of whether you choose in-person or online piano lessons, make sure you ask the teacher about their policies on cancellations and make-ups. You don’t want to be caught unexpectedly having to pay for a lesson you can’t make!

Can I teach myself piano?

Many people who are interested in music wonder if they can teach themselves piano. The answer to this question is yes, you can teach yourself piano. However, it takes a lot of work and dedication. It also helps to have some musical background or training.

If you want to learn piano but don’t have the time or money to take music lessons, there are some great options available online. You can find music schools that offer online courses, music studios that provide video lessons, and even music apps that allow you to learn at your own pace.

However, keep in mind that learning piano is not easy.  It will take a lot of time and practice to become a good piano player. Also, be prepared to spend some money on music books, software, and other materials.

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, teaching yourself piano can be a great way to learn the basics of the instrument. But if you’re looking for more structure and guidance, it may be better to take music lessons from a professional piano teacher.

Are you getting your money’s worth?

the image is of money for a piano lesson being exchanged from student to teacher.

If you’re thinking about taking piano lessons, you might be wondering if they’re worth the investment. The answer depends on a few factors, including your goals for taking piano lessons and your budget.

If you’re hoping to become a professional pianist, you’ll need to put in a lot of hours of practice and take private piano lessons from a qualified piano instructor. This can be expensive, but it’s necessary if you want to achieve your goal.

If you’re not looking to become a professional pianist, you might be able to get by with taking group piano lessons or less expensive private piano lessons. These options can still be beneficial if you want to learn how to play the piano for personal enjoyment.

The key is to find a piano teacher who can help you meet your goals while staying within your budget.

No matter what your budget is, it’s essential to make sure that the money you’re spending on piano lessons is worth it. Ask yourself how serious you are about learning to play piano and whether the lessons you’re taking are helping you achieve your goals.

If they are, then the cost of piano lessons is worth it. If not, you might consider finding a different teacher or type of lesson.


In the end, how much you pay for piano lessons depends on many factors. If you are lucky enough to live in a city with many teachers who charge very different rates, it will be easier to find someone who fits your budget.

However, even if the teachers near you charge the same amount; there are ways to save money on piano lessons. One way to reduce the cost is to purchase more than just one lesson at a time or pay for an entire semester in advance.

Online courses may also be less expensive than traditional in-person instruction, but it’s vital that you do your research before making a decision.

Finally, remember that when looking for quality instruction, you often get what you pay for. If you are serious about learning to play the piano, it might be worth investing in more expensive lessons.

However, if you are just starting out or don’t have a lot of money to spare, there are plenty of affordable options available.

Always ask yourself if you have learned something new with each lesson, and after implementing it during your piano practice, did it improve your playing?

This will guarantee that you are getting your money’s worth each lesson.

You should now have a good idea of the cost of adult beginner piano lessons.

It’s never too late to learn piano!

Bill Deputy (