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What's the going rate for guitar lessons?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dave Yeats, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Dave Yeats

    Dave Yeats Tele-Holic

    Mar 17, 2003
    Austin, Texas, USA
    I have a friend who's been playing for a year, and he was asking me if I would give him lessons. What's the going rate? Seems like I charged $20 for 1/2 hour last time I did this about 4 years ago. Keep in mind that I'm not a "professional" and I don't live in a big urban area, so I'm expecting to charge less than someone who does it for a living in a big city.

  2. allen st. john

    allen st. john Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    $20 for a half hour sounds about right. You might charge non-friends $25.
    As you said, in urban areas it's more--I think we pay about $35 for my son's guitar teacher.

  3. F1rocco

    F1rocco Tele-Meister

    Jan 12, 2007
    New York
    $25 an hour for one of the greatest possible teachers for me........Want to do it cheap enough to keep people like me coming back.....After 5 months Im now every 2 weeks instead of weekly..............

  4. eddiewagner

    eddiewagner Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2005
    i take 20 euros for an hour. thats a rate that seems to be acceptable for most people. 30 euros for twins, that means for two peole per hour. they have o book 12 hours and pay in advance. they get a training-cd as well.

  5. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

    i took a couple of months of lessons roughly a year ago. i believe it was $14 a half hour.

    i would've much preferred bi weekly to weekly.

  6. hollowman

    hollowman Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2006
    Kansas City
    My guy teaches out of his house and charges $13 for half an hour. The guy at the local guitar shop charges $16 for half an hour

  7. TJNY

    TJNY Friend of Leo's

    Feb 25, 2005
    Orange County, NY
    Varies here from $30/$35 for a half and $60 for the hour. Nothing cheap around here. EVER!!:rolleyes: :lol:

  8. Jorge

    Jorge Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 17, 2006
    Back in the days when I was new at guitar I think I payed a 100 swedish crowns (about 15 dollars) for an hour with a Pro. I knew this guy so it might have been cheaper because of that I don't really know. But since he had students all the time I doubt it.

    But I would recomend a book in guitarplaying for people who has just started so they learn everything correctly (you should see the way I take an open D-Chord) and if they have played a while I would suggest a book in the field they are specializing in or maybe a DVD , I always get more out of books and DVD's then I do from lessons. Again this is just me!

  9. 250Keith

    250Keith TDPRI Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    SE NM
    The guitar store down the street from me charges 80$ a month for one day a week I dont know how long the lessons are.

  10. Califiddler

    Califiddler Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2005
    Man, the Bay Area is expensive. My younger daughter has been asking for fiddle lessons (no pressure from Dad, I swear), so I've been trying to find her a teacher, and the rates have ranged from $45-90/hr! Two of those teachers, who charge $70/hr. and $90/hr. respectively, also teach guitar and charge the same rates for guitar.

  11. onceagriffon

    onceagriffon Tele-Meister

    Apr 22, 2006
    I pay $10 for a 1/2 hour in the San Diego area,

  12. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    As others have noted, a lot depends on where you are, who the teacher is, their qualifications, and how well you know them.

    One suggestion I've given to former students who wanted to get up and running with their own students is to start by giving 45 minute lessons.

    Find out the going rate for 30 minute lessons in your area, then charge that same price, but for a 45 minute lesson. That way the student gets a good deal, and you're not short-changing yourself with too low a price.

    Also, 30 minute lessons go by very quickly, and if you're not well organized, the lesson time can be over before you've had a chance to actually teach anything. 45 minutes gives you a little extra time, so both you and the student can be more laid back.

    I also recommend booking students one per hour at first. That way you have a little break between each student, and if you have a student who is just starting to "get it" at minute 44, you can give them the few extra minutes they need.

    Whenever possible, I like to be able to "go over" a few minutes. Students appreciate that too, and giving a few extra minutes here or there will serve you well in the long run in terms of student loyalty, IMO.

    If there's a demand in your area for guitar teachers, assuming you're good at teaching guitar, the above strategy should have you nearly full in just a few months. At that point, you can re-adjust your prices.

    The worst thing you can do is give free or super-discounted lessons (e.g., $5) to friends. They won't value it, won't practice, and it's just encouraging them to waste your time and theirs.

    Better to charge close to a standard lesson price for your area, but then give them extra time "for free". That way the student gets a good deal, you still get paid, and it will help keep your options open for the future if you decide you really like teaching.

    In Dallas, a good music teacher with references and a 4 year degree costs between $25 and $35 per half-hour. Without the degree but with good references, and it's maybe 20-30% less. A celebrity teacher might be able to get $100 per lesson or more, but just because they're famous doesn't mean they can actually teach...

  13. ge_trojan

    ge_trojan TDPRI Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    Waynesboro, Virginia
    Here in Waynesboro, Va, I pay $10 per 1/2 hour.

  14. TBoneDeluxe

    TBoneDeluxe Tele-Meister

    Mar 20, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    They've been $25-30 for a 30 minute lesson in the Ann Arbor, MI area for the past 3-4 years.

  15. dogggone

    dogggone Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2003
    down by the river ny
    My son is 10 yrs old, his instructor charges $10.00/ 30 min lesson.
    However I am told the going rate in the area is $15.oo/30 min lesson.

  16. eddiewagner

    eddiewagner Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2005
    30 minutes is way too short in reality.

  17. Jeffscreamedcorn

    Jeffscreamedcorn Tele-Holic

    Dec 1, 2006
    I haven't taught guitar in a long time, but I get $100 hr. for composition lessons.

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