5 tips for choosing a music tutor without breaking the bank

December 18, 2014

Getting personalized music lessons can be pricey. But there are lower-cost options.

5 tips for choosing a music tutor without breaking the bank

The role of the music tutor

Selecting the right music tutor is critical, particularly for a beginner music student.

A tutor can help instill a lifelong love of music, but also has the potential to turn a student away from music.

Cost is also an issue, as private music tutoring is often seemingly beyond the reach of many budgets.

Fortunately, there are a range of lower-cost options. Below are five tips that will help you choose an affordable music tutor.

1. Hire a high school or university student

  • Find out if local high school and university music students offer tutoring.

Although the instruction may not be on the same professional level as that provided by a more experienced tutor, it's often good enough to start a music student on the right path.

2. Try group instruction

  • Group lessons are another effective and cost-saving approach for beginner music students.

In fact, a group approach may be preferable to a single-student approach for some people.

Students get to socialize, play music games and make friends. There's also less pressure, as students don't have perform alone for up to 45 minutes.

Plus, observation and assimilation often help students learn faster.

3. Apply for scholarships

  • Many music schools, music organizations and music teachers provide partial or full tutoring scholarships.

In many cases, prospective students fill out an application and are matched with a tutor if accepted.

Sometimes the tutors are high school or university students, but in other instances they may be older and accomplished professional musicians.

4. Investigate online music tutoring options

  • Tutoring in all subject areas, including music, is offered online.

These programs are often high quality and lower cost because tutors can work at their convenience. They don't have to worry about commuting or opening their homes to students.

5. Find out if your child's music teacher tutors outside of school

Some schools' policies may not allow the music teacher to work outside of school, and if that's the case, he or she may be able to recommend someone who will work for a budget price.

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