In the long run Suzuki lessons shouldn’t cost more. There are some extra costs that one may not encounter with other teaching methods. Mainly the group lesson – £10 once a month for 45 minutes and membership to the London Suzuki Group & British Suzuki Institute (£8 a month) which entitles you to many amazing workshops and concerts throughout the year put on by some of the best teachers in the country.
However, because of the excellent repertoire which is so clearly worked out I only ask parents to buy one or two books a year. Also, from experience, if you are putting your children in for traditional grade exams every year this is an extra expense which often results in top up lessons as the exam approaches and a lot of organization taking time off work to take the child out of school.
I charge £20 for half an hour which is based on the 7 years of training I received at music college followed by the additional Suzuki teacher qualification. (I am still training for the higher levels).
I do also have a sliding scale based on income as I believe strongly that Suzuki piano should be accessible to all families. Please don’t be afraid to ask. If you are keen and want to learn I am sure I can help.
If you do not have a piano and need to rent one I can also give advice on how to do this. It is not as expensive as you may think and there are very good deals on buying the piano at the end of a rental period.
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