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How Much Are Piano Lessons

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Average cost for Piano Lessons ranges from

$40 – $60 /hr

The average cost for piano lessons is $50 per hour. Hiring a piano instructor to teach you to play the piano, you will likely spend between $40 and $60 on each lesson. The price of piano lessons can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local piano instructors or get free estimates from teachers near you.

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How much do piano lessons cost?

Author: Jen K.
Millions of people ask for cost estimates every year. We track the estimates they get from local teachers, then we share those prices with you.

Piano lessons for any age are available in most cities across the country. From music theory to sight-reading to improvisation, learning to play the piano well, or better than you do at present, will take an investment of time and money.

Piano teachers’ prices can vary substantially, but you can expect to find one that matches your personal piano playing goals quite easily at a price that fits your wallet.

Piano Lessons

Individual Lessons

On top of their private lessons, some piano teachers also teach in high schools and colleges, so their higher prices reflect that. Teachers also base their prices on where they live, their years or decades of teaching, their depth of knowledge and proficiency, and travel time (if relevant).

Lessons usually last from half an hour to a full hour, and are priced accordingly. A selection of prices are as follows:

Piano Lesson LengthAverage Cost
30 minutes$40
45 minutes$50
60 minutes$60

Group Lessons

Some music studios provide group keyboard lessons, but when it comes to piano classes, one-on-one lessons are the norm.

Children’s Lessons

A select few teachers teach only children, such as those at The Piano Player Studio (UT) , who mostly work with children ages 8-10 and charge $25/hour. Most lessons for children are half an hour long, while those for adults are 45-60 minutes. Prices are adjusted for the difference; for instance, Pat’s Music Studio in Hayward, CA, charges $30 per half hour for very young students.

Package Discounts

Many piano teachers will give a discount for upfront payments or a block of sessions. Leanne Schafer of Schafer Piano Studio (CA) offers a monthly rate of $124 for a half hour lesson once a week, while Julie Holtzman of Holistic Joyful Lessons (NY) offers a monthly fee of $400 for a one-hour lesson per week, which she says can go on a little longer than an hour when necessary.

Standalone Specialties

Many teachers settle into their preferred musical genre or teaching style and then offer that to their piano students as a standalone specialty. For example, Christopher Jackson of I Am Leven (GA) LLC’s specialty is music performance and musical theater, thanks to his fifteen years of live performing experience in various ensembles, while the owner of Nimble Hands, LLC (LA) implements Piano Pedagogy principles into her teaching, which she learned and adopted during her undergraduate studies as a music major.


Many piano teachers have degrees in music and are knowledgeable in all the foundational essentials for piano playing—sight-reading, music theory, and more. Most teachers for children have gone through rigorous background checks, depending on the sites they offer their services through, and many piano instructors for all ages can be found online via online rating sites.

Lessons from Highly Accomplished Teachers

Some piano teachers are highly accomplished musicians in their own right, and their charges reflect their expertise. To illustrate, Jun Li, of Jung Lin’s Piano Studio in Brooklyn, NY, charges $100/hour. She studied at The Juilliard School, earning a BA in piano performance and composition and a master’s in piano performance. Julie Holtzman of Holistic Joyful Lessons in New Jersey is also a Juilliard graduate, Carnegie Hall concert pianist, and Gershwin specialist, and she also charges $100/hour.


Piano lessons mostly occur in the student’s home or in a music studio, and some teachers will teach in their own homes. Travel costs are additional or included in the hourly rate, at a cost of $15-25. Teaching hours can be flexible.

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  1. Rodney Dennis
    Rodney Dennis says:

    Older man just love music and want to learn to play the piano.


    • Megan L. at TakeLessons
      Megan L. at TakeLessons says:

      Hi Rodney! Piano lessons are the best way to learn and it’s never too late to get started. Click here to search for a piano teacher near you or give us a call at 800-494-9789 today!


  2. Jonathan
    Jonathan says:

    I am interested in giving beginner lessons. I have no formal education in Music instruction, however have an advanced knowledge of music theory and decent knowledge of Piano Performance techniques. I live in a rural area, and will be teaching friends to begin with. What should I start with as far as pricing ranges?


    • Suzy S.
      Suzy S. says:

      Hey Jonathan! Have you signed up for a teacher account with us? I’d recommend searching in your zip code and seeing what other teachers around you are charging, and basing it off that. If you’re a TakeLessons teacher and want additional help, feel free to contact your Account Manager at [email protected] !


  3. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Hi, I have a bit of a beef with this comment in your article. I am a classically trained pianist with a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and quite a few years of teaching experience. I happen to live in a rural area as well. You might have more options for qualified teachers in an urban area, but you’ll have more options of non-qualified teachers as well. Just because someone lives in a rural area doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t qualified or trained well. “In a more urban area, prices may be slightly higher, but you’ll have more qualified teachers “


    • Suzy S.
      Suzy S. says:

      That’s a great point, Kelly, and we agree! When we say “more qualified” teachers, we meant in the number of options, as you suggested. I’ll adjust the text to make that clear 🙂


  4. Faye Witt
    Faye Witt says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano but the thing that gets in my way of doing something like this is money and if the place I was to go for the lesson was quite a ways from where I lived I’d have a problem as I don’t drive and I’d kinda like to take voice lessons as I don’t think I can sing a lick and I like music I always have and I like to sing a long with my favorite singers’ music but don’t because of my lousy voice.


    • Jessica Dais
      Jessica Dais says:

      Hi Faye, Have you heard of TakeLessons Live ? You can take free online piano and singing classes with live teachers. Check it out and let me know what you think! -Jess from TakeLessons


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