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Old 07-18-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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Thank you, Zimbochick. So if she says 100 dollars a month, on average it would be your price, right? ...

I took piano lessons as a child, for several years, and my lesson lasted at least one hour.
But if everyone agrees this is the standard now...I guess this is what I will go with.
I think it's a standard for SEVEN YEAR OLDS! As your son gets more proficient or shows more interest an hour lesson becomes necessary. My 16 year old takes hour long lessons. At his age it does not make sense to do a half hour lesson. He started with hour long lessons but he is the rare child that looked forward to his lessons and loved every minute. He would have sat for 3 hours had we been willing to pay for it!

Use your son as a guide for how long the lessons should be. Start with half an hour and move up from there.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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Thank you, Zimbochick. So if she says 100 dollars a month, on average it would be your price, right? ...
Yes, $100 or $125 per month depending on the number of lessons.

You may also want to find out if the teacher encourages her students to participate in competitions and/or recitals. Each teacher is different, and you would know if this would be appropriate for your son's temperament.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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Yes, $100 or $125 per month depending on the number of lessons.

You may also want to find out if the teacher encourages her students to participate in competitions and/or recitals. Each teacher is different, and you would know if this would be appropriate for your son's temperament.
She did mention a recital opportunity, yes - with an additional fee.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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This is what I did...I got some beginner books, and showed my kids the keys and the names. Then I worked with each one for half an hour a day. For the first year. After that, I knew which ones were worth spending money on for lessons...and the ones who were not...
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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I am trying to decide for a piano teacher for our 7 yo son. Someone I found is asking 100 dollars a month, one lesson per week, whether the month has 3 wks or 5 wks. What bothers me is that the lesson lasts only 30 minutes and I just don't think you can learn much of anything in only 30 minutes.

I had also found another source where they sent the teacher at your home, the lesson lasted 45 minutes but they asked 50 dollars a lesson - which I find to be very pricey.

Any idea what cost per lesson I should expect for a good quality teacher that will teach for at least 45 minutes - in the Atlanta area?
That's about right. Dd's teacher charges only $44/hour but she is very cheap. She could get $60/hr easily. In her case, the private lessons are on top of classes which she earns a lot more than $60/hr for teaching.

I would recommend that you look into piano classes. There are lots of private teachers willing to teach kids but, according to dd's teacher, few know how. I found Yamaha classes to be great both in price and in quality. Because the lessons are group lessons, kids have to learn things like staying on the beat and how to get back in if they lose their place (valuable performance skills) and the lessons worked out to be less than $20/hr. Plus the kids motivated each other.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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Yes, $100 or $125 per month depending on the number of lessons.

You may also want to find out if the teacher encourages her students to participate in competitions and/or recitals. Each teacher is different, and you would know if this would be appropriate for your son's temperament.
wow, now I really know the cost of living is higher in the east! We paid $325 a month for a one hour, once a week lesson.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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wow, now I really know the cost of living is higher in the east! We paid $325 a month for a one hour, once a week lesson.
I hope you got one heck of a teacher for that. That's 75/hr!!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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wow, now I really know the cost of living is higher in the east! We paid $325 a month for a one hour, once a week lesson.
NO WAIT!!! my mistake! that was for two kids!
wow, memory is shot!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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In the Huntsville, AL area we pay $75/mo for a 30 minute lesson, regardless of how long the month is. If there is a holiday that falls on the lesson day or us or the teacher is gone for vacation, she'll make it up to us with additional lessons or a refund.

As far as the time goes, it depends on the child. My daughter is 9 and has been having 30 minute lessons for quite a while. My 4 and 6 year old boys have 15 minute lessons, but I think the 6 year old is close to ready to move up to 30 minute lessons.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
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we pay about $23 1/2 hr private lesson with a Suzuki based program.
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