How Much Do Guitar Lessons Cost?

A common question I’m asked is “How much do guitar lessons cost?”

Well, the price for guitar lessons depends on a range of factors such as:

  • Teacher experience and qualifications
  • Cost of operating the business (rent, equipment etc)
  • Socio-economic status of the community

Some music schools also offer discounted rates for bulk purchases. For example, Ultimate Guitar Academy is located in the Narellan and Camden area of South-West Sydney, Australia, where going rate for guitar lessons is about $40-$45 for half an hour including GST. Our rates are currently $389 per term (10 weeks), which averages out to be $38.90 per lesson. It’s also worth noting that the Music Teacher’s Association has set recommended minimum rate for 2022 of $51.70 per half hour.

how much do guitar lessons cost?

To be completely honest, it is actually incredibly difficult to offer rates as low as this. There are many unseen costs involved in running a business that really eat into your profit margin. So if you feel like you’re paying a fortune for a teacher, they might actually be making less of a profit than some other cheaper tutors who cut costs by teaching from home or don’t have things like public liability insurance.

Regardless of all of this, if a guitar teacher is going to help you learn the instrument, then it’s well worth the money. I might be a little biased here, but consider this – when I first started teaching, I didn’t believe in “guitar lessons” whatsoever. I just started teaching friends because they wanted me to. I told them I’d do it for free, but they insisted on paying. After a while, I started noticing that my “students” really benefitted from the advice I was giving. They learnt faster, developed good techniques, avoided bad habits and actually enjoyed learning more. Their money was actually well spent!

Over the years, I have been completely converted from someone who thought it was all a bit of a joke, to someone who actually takes lessons quite seriously.

As a parent, there’s another factor to consider – this tutor will be spending a fair amount of time with your child. They’re going to be a pretty strong influence on their development as a human being. This isn’t something I ever realised until my students started writing some really long Christmas cards each year, thanking me for making their day happier whenever they saw me. As a fellow parent, this is an aspect that I place heavy importance on. It doesn’t matter how awesome a guitar teacher is, if they’re not going to be a positive influence on my children then they won’t be part of their life.

So when asking “how much do guitar lessons cost?” I honestly think that if you find a good teacher where you can see the value in what they’re offering – then they’re well worth what they’re asking.

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