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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much are singing lessons?

Singing lessons cost $50 per hour, on average. Hourly rates can range anywhere from $40-$80. However, some vocal instructors may charge flat rates or offer packages. They may also offer 30-minute lessons for a lower price. Or, they might require monthly tuition for ongoing classes. It depends on the voice coach. 

Contact vocal instructors near you to get a sense of how much singing lessons cost in your area.

How much are cello lessons?

Cello lessons are a great way to anchor and guide your cello practice, regardless of your skill level. From top symphony performers to first-time music students in elementary school, cello lessons correct your flaws and help your strengths shine. The cost of cello lessons will vary, depending on the reputation and experience of your teacher, the length and frequency of your lessons, and where you live. Students who have regularly scheduled lessons and pay in advance often pay less per lesson than drop-in students who schedule lessons as needed. Here are some examples of average cello lesson costs:

  • 30-minute cello lesson: $30, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $35.
  • 45-minute cello lesson: $35, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $40-$45.
  • 60-minute cello lesson: $40, when a minimum of 4 lessons per month are pre-paid.
    • Cost for drop-in lesson: $50-$55.

How hard is it to learn to play the cello?

Taking cello lessons can be a rewarding experience for students young and old. The rich sound of the cello is well-loved in classical music and is found in all genres of contemporary music from modern folk to rock. As with any instrument, how hard it is to learn to play cello depends on the practice and dedication you put into it. It’s true that some people are naturally more adept at learning instruments than others, but with lessons and a daily commitment, you too can learn to play the cello.

Cello lessons can be a smart investment, especially for new players. Even professional cellists benefit greatly from ongoing training, but for those new to cello it’s especially important for forming a strong foundation for playing. From the proper posture to understanding finger positions, regular cello lessons give you a benchmark to measure your daily practice against. With a professional cello teacher guiding you, the sky’s the limit.

What are singing lessons like?

Every voice coach may have a different style of teaching, but here are a few things you'll likely experience during a singing lesson: 

  • Explaining to the instructor what you want to improve on.
  • Going through a few breathing and riff exercises.
  • Receiving constructive feedback and criticism from the instructor.

Before your first voice lesson, you can ask your instructor what you should expect and how to prepare.

How many singing lessons do I need?

It depends on what you’re hoping to accomplish with your singing lessons. Consult a highly rated vocal instructor to determine how many lessons you should take — and how often you should take them.

Do singing lessons actually work?

Yes, many students who’ve taken singing lessons say that their singing has gotten better. To find out if voice coaches near you have successfully taught others how to sing, read their customer reviews on Thumbtack.

What is a good age to start vocal lessons?

Whether you’re a novice or experienced singer, it’s never too late to start taking vocal lessons.

If you’re thinking about signing up your child for voice lessons, keep in mind that some instructors recommend waiting until their voice settles after puberty. Talk to voice coaches near you to find out if now's the time for you (or your child) to start taking lessons.

Where can you get singing lessons?

You can receive singing lessons from a vocal instructor or voice coach on Thumbtack. Some instructors offer virtual lessons, while others may require you to come into a studio for instruction. 

How can I find a good voice teacher?

Use Thumbtack to find a good, top-rated voice teacher near you. With Thumbtack, you can view the teachers’ profiles, read their client testimonials and check their ratings. To ensure you hire the best instructor, ask them questions about their credentials and success with other students. You should also get cost estimates from at least three instructors before you make your decision.

Reviews for Cambridge music teachers
Romey S.
Duncan is amazing! Super knowledgeable teacher, great attitude, and can shred! He really knows his music theory as well as a lot of great practical tips for guitar technique. Highly recommend!
Duncan HartwellDuncan Hartwell
Nathan Z.
Mr Bertrand is a brilliant guitar teacher who not only teaches guitar techniques but also conveys ideas to approach music itself. The little jamming session I always have with him is something that I learn a lot from.
Bertrand' s Guitar Zoom StudioBertrand' s Guitar Zoom Studio
Charlie H.
Evan's expertise on the guitar paired with his ability to quickly connect with people's learning styles makes him an excellent teacher. As someone with musical experience but relatively new to guitar, I have been genuinely impressed with how Evan is able to enrich both my education in music theory and guitar playing at the same time. My lessons have been engaging and informative and I always look forward to the next one.
Evan Murphy MusicEvan Murphy Music
Zhongshen Z.
Junling is my second piano teacher and I have been taken piano lessons with her for around a year now. She is definitely very knowledgable in music and a great virtuoso pianist. I like how she tailored the class based on the student's music level and provide very constructive suggestions on the technical pieces and musical pieces to work on. She is capable of capturing every subtle details in music pieces and present you with a perfect demo. She is fun to talk to and easy to make friend with. It doesn't matter that if you are a beginner or a very high level amateur piano player, I believe you can learn a tons from her great teaching!
Junling's Piano StudioJunling's Piano Studio
Phil H.
This is just what i was looking for when i sought out a guitar teacher. Bertrand has a philosophy on learning guitar and music in general that I really align with. His teaching is structured, but leaves room to customize to my personal goals and style of learning. I would definitely recommend him.
Bertrand' s Guitar Zoom StudioBertrand' s Guitar Zoom Studio
Laura H.
Keyhan is an excellent teacher. His lessons are varied and fun. He is patient, while at the same time holding his students to high standards. Keyhan's lessons strike a great balance between the fundamentals --theory and technique -- and creativity and musicality. My son has made great progress with him and loves what he is learning.
KayHee Music StudioKayHee Music Studio
Julie B.
Julian is an excellent teacher, I highly recommend studying with him. He is very passionate about his work and extremely knowledgeable in several aspects of music. Julian has a way of explaining things in a way that makes it easy to comprehend. I always enjoy my piano lessons and have learned so much since I began studying with him.
Julian Pozniak, Music InstructorJulian Pozniak, Music Instructor
Thumbtack Customer
My first impressions of Nicole were that she is very sweet and at ease working with people. She did a great job making me feel comfortable and relaxed before the lesson started. She is a very talented singer and does a good job explaining techniques to students. Overall I think she has a bright future in music ahead of her, either as a performer or as a teacher.
The Singing ViolinistThe Singing Violinist
Katheleen W.
I am not new in the world of singing-have been for many years and have taken lessons from other teachers. I have to say Bulent has been, by far, one of the best! His techniques, breathing, reading music, scales, etc., are spot on. I would highly recommend Bulent, and have, to any who are interested in voice lessons with a highly trained, learned, singer.
Kendra H.
I cannot recommend Bradly enough! Honestly, I have been so happy with our lessons individual guitar lessons and my own progress. Last winter when I decided to start guitar lessons as a total beginner, and I found Bradly on Thumbtack and I have been SO impressed with his teaching style, patience, knowledge, professionalism, and super high quality instruction. I can't believe how many songs I have learned how to play already and I'm even reading music! He is extremely responsive when I have any questions and he is such a wonderful, supportive teacher. He very effectively uses technology to share music sheets, videos, notes, and calendar appointments that makes everything a breeze. I wish I could give more than 5 stars; he has been so great. If you are looking for an awesome guitar teacher who will meet you where you are at and support you to reach your goals, and who will always be kind and professional, Bradly is your guy!!
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Stephanie K.
Three years ago when I first walked into Bulent’s voice studio as a shy thirteen year old, I had no idea that I would develop a passion for singing. My only previous experience had been small school choirs and singing in the car. When the lesson began, I expected to be bombarded by a variety of vocal warm-ups that I would need to memorize immediately. Instead, Bulent took a blank sheet of paper, and drew the respiratory system—explaining how the larynx, lungs, diaphragm and other components worked together to create music. I was blown away as I suddenly began to understand breathing, something I do constantly. By using the breath technique that Bulent taught me, I found myself also breathing easier in everyday life. Once I understood the basics, I was able to move on to repertoire. With Bulent, I have learned many different genres including, classical, opera, musical theater, pop, and many more. I was able to choose music from the radio that was easy to learn, but Bulent made sure my vocal training continued with classical songs that are the pillars of music education. My varied repertoire included singing in more than four languages. When I had a better understanding of singing and fundamentals, Bulent introduced Concone, a sight singing book, and Vaccai, a book based on Italian singing methods. When combined with the ear training and solfeggio we’d been doing since my first lesson, I’ve been able to get a better understanding of what it takes to sing with skill. While advancing my musical education, Bulent also prepared me for various auditions for countless musicals, plays, and singing groups. Without Bulent I could not be a director of my a capella group or perform in various productions. Bulent creates a fun and safe atmosphere where I feel comfortable asking him to do new things. I enjoy our laughs about mistakes that I make or jokes he makes. I am never scared to ask Bulent for help on anything music related whether it pertains to our lesson or not, because I know how caring he is. Bulent is an excellent teacher who has a vast amount of knowledge which he shares with me every lesson. From teaching me how to breathe correctly, to making sure my voice is healthy, Bulent cares deeply for every one of his students. Bulent has helped me grow into a confident singer and I cannot thank him enough.
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