How Much Do Piano Lessons Cost?        

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Written By Will Fenton

Founder of MidderMusic. From numerous bands to stints working in music shops, read more about me on the 'Here's My Story' page!

Are you interested in learning the piano and wondering ‘how much do piano lessons cost?’

As you can imagine, the price of piano lessons varies depending on the type of the course.

In today’s article, we will take a look at different types of piano classes and their average price, and that will give you a better idea of what to expect!

How Much Do Piano Lessons Cost?

The price of a piano course depends on various factors.

But if you take into account different types of classes, the location, and the teacher’s experience, the average cost for piano lessons is $50 per hour.

But once again, when it comes to modern piano lessons, a variety of factors come into play.

The thing is, we’re not only talking about traditional piano lessons. Piano lessons now include online piano courses, apps for learning piano, private online piano lessons, and so on.

So, let’s take a look at each option and the most important factors that affect their overall price.


First of all, the prices of piano lessons vary depending on the location.

You have several options:

  • You can travel to your teacher or music school
  • A teacher can come to your home
  • You can take piano lessons online

The average cost of in-person piano lessons is between $15 and $40 for a 30-minute lesson.

Hiring a private teacher who travels to your home is usually more expensive than going to a music school or teacher’s studio. Besides their usual fee, you’ll have to pay extra to cover their travel expenses.

Music schools can also be quite pricey, and they usually charge a monthly tuition fee.

And if you decide to learn how to play the piano online, you’ll probably save a lot of money. You won’t have to travel anywhere, and you won’t have to pay for teachers’ travel expenses.

On the other hand, if you want to take online piano lessons, you’ll need to have a piano at your disposal. So, if you don’t already have one, you’ll have to take that cost into account as well.


The exact price of in-person piano lessons and online courses also varies.

For example, if a teacher charges $15 per hour, you might assume that they’re not very experienced. And if you spend approximately $40 per hour, you can rest assured you’ll get a professional, experienced teacher.

However, many online tutors have quite affordable fees. On the freelance services platforms like Fiverr, you can expect the average price range of $15 to $40 per 30 minutes. So, you can have a 1-hour piano class with an educated teacher for $25.

Either way, when you’re choosing a teacher, you should check their playing credentials. If you decide to take online lessons, you should read students’ reviews. Fortunately, many online platforms offer a discounted or free trial lesson. That way, you can see if you like their teaching style and methods.

Online piano courses and apps usually offer free trials too. Some of them even provide a money-back guarantee.

Speaking of online piano courses and apps, they are generally more affordable than private lessons. Most of them offer memberships that can cost as little as $10 per month. And with a reliable piano app/course, you will actually get a ton of material, useful online tools, and the possibility to get in touch with a professional piano instructor.

Let’s take Flowkey as an example. The monthly subscription for this popular piano learning app costs $19.99, and it includes access to customizable piano lessons, thousands of songs, and modern learning tools.

But let’s go back to the quality of piano teachers. Although qualified, experienced teachers charge quite a lot, some online courses (like Playground Sessions) have an impressive roster of teachers. Although you won’t learn from them in person, you’ll be able to get valuable advice and playing tips.

So, some online learning platforms allow you to learn from the best without charging a fortune. 

Extra Costs

If you want to get a realistic price for your piano lessons, you should also think about additional costs.

As we mentioned earlier, if you’re thinking about taking an online course, you need to have your own piano at home. Pianos can be very pricey, but luckily, you can also opt for a digital piano or a keyboard. There are many good options on the market.

If you want to buy a piano and you don’t know where to start, you can check out our list of the best piano brands and our best 88-key weighted keyboard buyer’s guide. 

Furthermore, unless you opt for an online course equipped with learning tools and printable music sheets, you’ll also have to pay for extra learning resources. Sheet music and music theory books are a must for every student.

However, all of this can also be optional. As we’ve just mentioned, some online programs provide everything you need, and some websites offer a lot of content and learning material for free.

Final Thoughts

We hope we helped you determine how much you’ll probably have to invest in your piano lessons.

If you want to have in-person lessons with a qualified teacher, you have to be ready for a higher price. But if you want to learn the piano online, you can easily find a budget-friendly option.

Regardless of what you choose, finding the right teacher is very important. And if you opt for a piano course/app, try to find a well-rounded program with effective methods and useful tools.

Either way, if you want to become a skilled piano player, you’ll have to invest both time and money. But we can guarantee you that learning piano is a rewarding journey, and if you spend money on the right learning source, you won’t regret it!