Meri’s Musical Musings

Why cheap music lessons are NOT good–for BOTH teachers and students (and parents)

Posted on: March 3, 2013

Cheap lessons are rarely good because you’re often getting little more than learning an instrument, often without theory or tools to improve students playing. Cheap lessons make it difficult for teachers to maintain and upgrade their instruments and non-musical tools used as part of teaching. (such as a laptop computer) Also, it means that you are often getting a VERY inexperienced teacher or a teacher who only cares about getting a little pocket money.

Cheap lessons are not good for music students and parents, either. If a teacher charges a fee well below the average fee, students and parents, when it comes time to change teachers whether due to lack of progress, excellent progress or teachers quitting, it causes “sticker shock”. Piano, guitar, and sometimes violin teachers are most often guilty of this, especially when compared to fees typically charged by teachers of other instruments. It also means students will be less likely to have music theory, or have technology incorporated in their lessons, such as studio CDs.

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  • V V: Wish I had read this before I fell for their scheme ! Oh well - have posted my experience on Yelp and N49 and hoping others can avoid the pain of fal
  • 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
  • No Thanks: Former Teacher at the Ontario Conservatory of Music I took lessons at the Ontario Conservatory and when I left for private lessons from another tea
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