Meri’s Musical Musings

How a more expensive teacher may save money in the long run

Posted on: April 11, 2009

April 09, 2009

A more expensive teacher may actually save you money, for example one teacher who charges on the cheap might take students on average 5 years to get students to an intermediate level of playing, while a more effective teacher, who seems to charge more, achieves the same thing with most students in less than half that time! $100/ month of lessons for 5 years (assuming 10 months of lessons) is $5000, while 2 years of lessons at $200/month is only $4000, but the student gets to a higher level in a much shorter period of time! I’ve heard of teachers who take at least two years to teach 6/8 time to students, most of mine do pieces in 6/8 time in less than 1 1/2years, many of the clarinet students in less than 9 months. Particularly if a student is able to learn quickly they should not be held back to be at the pace of more normal students.

Not only that, most music students tend to stay in lessons for only about 2-3 years, so to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, and learning the skills in advance of when they need them may make their learning easier and more enjoyable.

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  • clariniano: Thanks for the additional information. It was actually Yelp that deleted my reviews, because of so-called bias. I too have seen the horrible technique
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