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Price of Lessons

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Fourstringsonly, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Fourstringsonly

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    Is $60 per hr a reasonable rate for a good teacher?
  2. oniman7

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    I've never heard someone charge $60 for anything less than big name professional lessons. In my experience, unless you're at the highest level, look to pay between $20 and $40 an hour depending on age, experience, genre, education, and whether they have a studio to pay or rent
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    It certainly can be, depending on the teacher and your location.
  5. MarkMgibson

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    Since we don't know your location, that's hard to say. Here, that is a fairly standard rate, especially through music shops. I think it's rather expensive, unless it's a highly regarded teacher (being a good bass player doesn't make you a good teacher), but it is the going rate. I'd want to see some teaching credentials if it were me. Still, you can always try a few lessons, and decide if he/she is worth the money. If you give your general location, some of the members here might know who are the best teachers around.
  6. alfoders

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    World class bassist Dave LaRue charges $60/hour for lessons on Saturdays at Bass Central when he is not touring.

    I'm currently paying $34/hour (2X a month) for beginners lessons from a professional bassist (recommended to me by Dave LaRue) who teaches at a local music store. He takes lessons from (and jams with) Dave LaRue and says he will send me "up" to Dave when I am ready.
  7. Fourstringsonly

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    I am in Queens NY.
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    Around $30/hour usually is the cost for a very good and experienced teacher. I'd say you are paying too much.
  9. Wild Rice Chris

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    Around here, $25-30 is the going rate for half hour lessons with a good teacher.
  10. micgtr71

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    I would love to charge 60, but I think my students would stop coming.
  11. Duckwater

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    Depends. Beginner lessons are usually cheap, but if you're at an advanced level and want help progressing further it can be quite expensive.
  12. Already In Use

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    If ya can pay...go for the hour IMO.. A half hour is too short. Paid 50 for an hour here. Lessons from a guy who had degrees in music, taught at the state university, played in Nashville and was the principal bass in our local symphony.
  13. thehindteet

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    60-80 is typical for an in-demand instructor in a major metro area.
  14. oniman7

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    For the record, as a teacher I charge $20 for an hour lesson. I teach technique, timing, theory, reading, writing, recording, working with a band, etc. What I don't bring to the table is formal education, decades of experience, or in depth jazz/classical studies that some guys have. If you want to learn rock, pop, metal, progressive rock, country, etc. I'm your guy. If you're my guitar student, I can't teach you Van Halen or John Petrucci, but I can teach you how to play songs in time with good technique and tone as well as chord studies. Anything more and I will send you to the guy who charges more
  15. henry2513

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    I pay 60 an hour for skype lessons. It works for me, I record everything and even video it so I can refer back to it.
  16. aguacateojos

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    I've been paying $54 an hour - the instructor is excellent and I don't regret a single penny spent for them.
  17. JimmyM

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    If you're in Queens, I'd say that's a great price for a teacher, as long as he or she is a good teacher.
  18. low2groove

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    I've been teaching for over 35 years and currently teach in the southern Midwest. I charge $30 an hour because that's what the market will support where I live.
    I've been playing for 45 years and can play just about any style. I teach beginners to pros.
  19. FretlessMainly

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    I gladly paid that 12 years ago when studying with Bruce Gertz. So, my response is: maybe. Depends on where you live and who your instructor is.
  20. Stick_Player

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    That depends on many factors.

    If one is taking private lessons at a world renown conservatory, $60/hr would be deal (for the student).

    Here, in Los Angeles, well-known private teachers can easily get $60+ per hour. At a music school/conservatory, such as the Colburn School, $100+ per hour is normal. With a conservatory, one will also have a world-class accompanist, a performance facility, and other perks.

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