If you’re thinking about learning how to play guitar, one of your first questions is likely to be: how much do guitar lessons cost?
Whether you’re thinking about learning guitar yourself or researching lessons for someone in your family, it’s important to know how much an ongoing course of guitar lessons is likely to cost you.
A hugely popular and versatile instrument with a long, prestigious history, it’s no wonder the guitar draws so many students from such a wide variety of social backgrounds.
There is a vast array of guitar teachers and courses and an equally vast array of different price tags. The first thing to establish is what kind of teacher or course you’re looking for and what you should reasonably expect to pay for each lesson.
Read on for some tips to help you decide what’s right for you.
Bear in mind there is no standard charge for guitar lessons
Guitar teachers vary in experience and prestige and their rate per lesson usually reflects this.
In general, you can expect a guitar lesson to cost anything from £10 to £100. There are many factors that influence the price of a lesson, so you’ll need to take these into consideration before you make a final decision.
Length of the lesson
Some guitar lessons last for thirty minutes. Some last for an hour. It’s common to pay around £25 – £40 for a half an hour lesson and between £50 and £100 for an hour long lesson.
It’s unusual for lessons to last longer than an hour.
Where do lessons normally take place?
Most often, guitar classes that take place in the teacher’s studio or at a local college are the cheapest way of learning guitar.
Because you have to make your own way to the lesson, the price tends to be more reasonable.
Having a guitar teacher visit you at your home to conduct the lesson is typically more expensive.
Single teachers vs courses
Finding a local college, music school or music shop that runs lessons or courses can be a way to get your guitar lessons for less. As they’re part of a larger enterprise (e.g. shops sell instruments and colleges get funding to provide courses), their fees are lower.
Having one-on-one tuition with a freelance guitar teacher guarantees you’ll get the full attention of the teacher. They will agree lesson times that suit your personal schedule and may even visit you at home to conduct your lesson.
For this service, you can expect to pay a little more. However, the skill level, qualifications and experience of the teacher will affect how much they can charge.
Individual lessons vs courses
If you’re on a tight budget, finding a beginner’s guitar course rather than paying for individual lessons can be a good choice. You’ll know up-front how much you’re going to pay and you’ll also be given an idea of what skill level you’ll achieve by the end of the course.
If you’d rather have one-to-one tuition on an ongoing basis, paying on a lesson-by-lesson basis may be the best way to go.