If you are looking to send your child for piano lessons, one of the top concerns you will definitely have are the costs of piano lessons. Here is a quick and yet in-depth look at the various costs you may want to take note of when it comes to learning the piano.
There are essentially a few key areas in which you will need to be paying when it comes to getting your child a piano education.
First of all, it would be the purchase of the piano. If you want your child to actually master playing the music instrument, then buying a first hand or second hand piano is necessary. Practice is key to success when it comes to playing the piano, and having his or her own piano at home to practise on daily is the best way for your child to improve his or her skills. Most second hand upright pianos cost between $3000 to $6000, while most first hand upright pianos cost between $6000 to $15000. Purchasing an upright piano instead of a grand one is usually more than enough for most students in Singapore. If you want to save money, then buy a good second hand piano will do for your child.
Second of all, it would be the teacher costs. If you want your child to learn the musical instrument, it is necessary for him or her to have a teacher. Getting a private piano teacher is definitely much cheaper than that of going to the local music schools at local shopping malls. Starting from ABRSM grade 1, lessons cost around $140 for 4 lessons per month. It then creeps up till around $320 for ABRSM grade 8 (albeit lessons are slightly longer at 1 hour each instead of the 45 minutes at the Grade 1 to 4 levels). This is a mandatory cost that cannot be avoided, I only recommend that you get a good piano teacher from an agency so that your child’s learning habits will be right from the beginning!
Third of all, registering for each ABRSM graded examinations cost money. This money cannot be avoided, as it is charged by ABRSM board itself. As long as your child wants to go through the graded systems (which is highly recommended), then you will need to be paying to register your child each time for both theory and practical examinations. Most people take theory till grade 5, so that they can qualify for practical examinations up till grade 8. They then take the practical exams until they are certified with ABRSM piano grade 8 proficiency level. The registration fees for this vary as ABRSM (international board) sets the prices, so I shall not type out the costs here as it may be outdated by the time you read it.
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!
If you are a beginner to playing the piano, you may want to start practising classical pieces. Classical piano pieces are great for practice purposes, especially if you are just starting out and want to master the various nuances of playing skills.
A second tip I have for beginners is that if you do not have much available time for practice daily, then you should practice a musical piece that you actually like instead of spending time on scales or ‘drills’. Such a musical piece should ideally be able to be mastered within weeks (not within a week as that would mean it is too easy, and months would mean it is too difficult).
If you have 30 minutes to practise playing the piano daily, then you want to dedicate 5 minutes to warm up drills, and then the remaining 25 minutes on an actual musical (classical songs are recommended) piece.