The cost of music lessons has four components:
- cost of the
- cost of
- competition or
The cost for lessons
would depend on whether your child is taking private or group lessons,
the length of the class and the qualifications of the instructor.
Music sessions will run
for 16 -20 weeks. As a general indication, most instruments
will be $25 - $40 for a 30 minute lesson, $35 -$50 for a 45
minute lesson and $50 - $60 for a 60 minute lesson. Some
organizations offer family discounts and group rates. Many
students enjoy taking lessons with their family or friends.
The cost of the
instrument would depend on whether you rent or purchase the instrument.
Initially, your best option is to rent a violin from
your local music store. If you rent the instrument it is
usually done on a three month trial basis that will automatically turn
into a year contract if the instrument is not returned. Renting,
at first, is a good idea to make sure your child is committed to the
instrument and it will minimize your initial investment. You can pay the cost all once at the
beginning or they will automatically bill your credit card on a monthly
students should purchase a violin at some point in their development. If you choose to
purchase the instrument you have the option of purchasing a new or used
instrument. A used instrument will be substantially cheaper and
many times are like new.
Many music stores will give you credit
towards purchase from your rental and it can apply to the purchase of either that
instrument or a better one. A student violin will cost between $200 -
$300. A fine sounding, small size intermediate violin can be
purchased from between $750.00 and $1500.00.
Other Required Materials...
Initially, the materials
required will be a method book that will cost approximately $ 8- 10.
Some music stores will include the book with the rental of the
instrument. In addition, some musical accessories, like a stand, could be recommended
depending on the instructor.
recitals are a wonderful way for your child to show their abilities to
the world and it is extremely exciting for them. However, many
recitals and competitions often have entry fees. You will need to
discuss with child's instructor their philosophy on this subject.