Did you know that sometimes there are hidden fees when it comes to piano lessons in Singapore? Yes. Therefore, I want to help you avoid these hidden fees as much as possible.
First of all, many schools collect a one time registration fee for all new piano students. The reason for this is unclear, and unethical sounding except in that it is probably to cover their administrative costs. However, this cost is usually not made clearly together with the monthly packages’ prices that they usually show. So do take note about this point about the one time registration fees with public music schools commonly found at shopping centres e.t.c. A way to save on this cost is to select and hire a private piano teacher in Singapore instead. I strongly recommend that you contact a private piano teacher in Singapore instead.
Second of all, music books and scores actually cost money. Other than the required ABRSM piano pieces and scales, leisure sheet music also require money. Music books can cost between $10 to $30 a book and is extra on top of piano lesson fees charged in Singapore (this is the case for both private and school lessons).
Third of all, there is also ABRSM exam application fees. Each attempt will cost you money. Since most music students in Singapore apply for the ABRSM exams, I think this is something you should look out for. Fees range from $150 to $650 depending on the ABRSM exam grade you are applying for. This fee is mandatory regardless of where you take your music lessons, and is necessary as long as you want to be graded through the ABRSM or Trinity College system.
The above are major hidden fees that many first time parents and piano students in Singapore may not be aware of, especially if they do not know anyone else who has taken piano lessons and ABRSM exams before in Singapore too. I hope that by sharing with you these hidden fees, you will be able to make a more informed decision for yourself or for your child when you or your child decides to learn to play the piano in Singapore.
Also, if you know of any other hidden fees when it comes to piano lessons in Singapore, make sure to let us know in the comment section below too!