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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for New York music teachers
Ron B.
Matthew is an outstanding music teacher for both kids and adults!
Music Lessons With Matt AlbeckMusic Lessons With Matt Albeck
Thumbtack Customer
Sean is an amazing musician. Furthermore, he teaches music theory in a proper way. He is a good music teacher.
Sean Vigneau-Britt: Online Music LessonsSean Vigneau-Britt: Online Music Lessons
Tomi H.
Rob is amazing! He's very patient and he really cares that you learn and get better at music. He's an awesome teacher and a music pro!
Rob Carroll: Live Music and Private Music LessonsRob Carroll: Live Music and Private Music Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Harry is a terrific teacher. He's serious about the music but fun as well. Also, patient!
Harry Mack, Piano & ViolinHarry Mack, Piano & Violin
Shawn S.
Francis is a great teacher and can explain the why's of music well. I look forward to working with him.
Dr. Francis Hon, DMA | New YorkDr. Francis Hon, DMA | New York
Echo L.
Robert is an excellent teacher in both piano and music composition. He is responsible, professional, patient, kind and knowledgable. He guides me through writing music and helps improve my techniques steadily. Highly recommended!
R.A.M. MUSIC (Manhattan 68th + West End Av.)R.A.M. MUSIC (Manhattan 68th + West End Av.)
Thumbtack Customer
Learning guitar with Dom is something that I enjoy doing the most. He is very passionate about music, patient, and sweet; and all of these are contagious. If you are looking for a guitar teacher who teaches you to be a musician, Dom is the teacher you are looking for.
. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌
Thumbtack Customer
Michelle is an amazing vocal coach and piano teacher. Our son loves her. Michelle brings an attitude and energy that has really enabled our son to grow musically.
Take Note LessonsTake Note Lessons
Rafael C.
Fantastic guitar teacher! I've had a lot of progression with Fernando under a short period of time. He writes his own tabs/sheet music which is a huge plus.
Fernando TorresFernando Torres
Samuel B.
An exceptional, gifted musician and a superb teacher. Marcelo combines the unique appreciation of music theory with the patience for music instruction. He brilliantly integrates concepts and practice, patiently giving me exercises, assisting me in my struggles and supportive of my efforts. I am, in many ways, a different type of student. For 40 years a professor at an Ivy League university and only last year decided to take on the music challenge. I could not wish for a better music mentor. As someone who has taught for 40 years, I can wholeheartedly tell you that this young musician is an exceptional teacher. I've tried others, but in almost a serendipitious manner discovered Marcelo and I intend to continue with him as long as he is available. I should also note by the way that having worked with young people for numerous years, his youthful energy, his passion for different types of music would make him an amazing teacher for any age, not just for this retiring professor. This has been a joy.
Marcelo MaccagnanMarcelo Maccagnan
Kalia L.
Fernando is the best guitar teacher I’ve ever had and I’ve been through a few. He makes his own music sheets for the songs you want to learn and it’s very professional. He’s nonjudgmental and keeps the lessons fun. I highly recommend Fernando for a guitar teacher. Thank you! 😊
Fernando TorresFernando Torres
Inhae S.
Francis is a great teacher with a strong foundation in music. He catches exactly what you want to achieve and directs the learning lessons accordingly incorporating musical foundations. The lessons are fun and educational and I improved with every lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons with Francis. He’s a great pleasure and anyone interested in exploring jazz music should give him a shot. You really won’t be disappointed! 🎶🎵
Dr. Francis Hon, DMA | New YorkDr. Francis Hon, DMA | New York
Thumbtack Customer
I have to say Terrence is an excellent teacher of music. Very patient, and can make a beginner feel confident in his or her potential. I look forward to taking additional lessons. Thanks a lot Terrence!
T ProductionsT Productions
Thumbtack Customer
Dom is my current teacher, I can only recommend him: beyond his wide knowledge and experience with music, he is a kind, fun, and patient person who makes it all easier for total beginner learning bass guitar like me. No hesitation here, if you are looking for a good teacher on the UWS he certainly is your go-to person.
. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌
Gabrielle G.
Just recently started lessons with Glenn. He is a super knowledgeable and patient teacher. His sessions are a lot of fun and you learn a lot fast. Also, you get to jam with music during the lesson, which is the best!
Glenn Grossman-Session Musician Drum TeacherGlenn Grossman-Session Musician Drum Teacher
Stephanie K.
Michael is an attentive and highly knowledgeable teacher. He knows the fretboard like the back of his hand and he knows how to share his deep musical understanding so that learning is all active. It’s encouraging when you can play together and make a great sound, and he always gives the opportunity to do this. Furthermore, he's a great guy to boot, with whom I can discuss music theory, culture, etc. I give him the highest recommendation. You will not be disappointed with him as guitar teacher ! - Adrian, high school student
Michael LasterMichael Laster
Dana C.
I've had two lessons so far and I'm really enjoying myself. Marcelo is clearly very talented and a very good teacher. I have no prior knowledge of music and he has been a very good teacher to start at ground zero. I'm sure if you are advanced, he'd be excellent at well--I'll tell you in 10 years from now!
Marcelo MaccagnanMarcelo Maccagnan
Megumi O.
It’s never easy to pick your piano teacher, especially when you’re a beginner. David demonstrated a great deal of professionalism and patience in the first (trial) lesson. Before I met David, I already tried few teachers and was very uncertain about whether I should begin my piano journey or not. Not only is David experienced in performing but he’s also dedicated in teaching, and he’s passionate about finding the right method for each student. He’s a trustworthy teacher who’s relentless on sharing his own musical experiences and teaching his methodology in great details. How to relax your arms, how to put your weight while practicing, how to read music,(as a beginner) how to overcome obstacles physically and psychologically. Through his methods, I was able to approach music more efficiently. After very few lessons, I began to feel some improvement and stated to feel the joy in solving problems. And now I’m increasing my lessons from one-hour to two-hour per week. This is definitely the best musical decision I’ve made and I’d recommend David to anyone who’s interested in learning piano and music theory.
David Chang MusicDavid Chang Music
Joseph C.
I'm very fortunate to have Justin as my teacher. Justin does a great job of making sure I understand 'why' different aspects are important so I never feel tempted to try to take any shortcuts. Justin is also an experienced voice and music theory teacher, and I personally really enjoy that I can use him as a resource to improve in those areas as well
Dr. Justin BischofDr. Justin Bischof
Thumbtack Customer
As an adult beginner piano player, I have found Ben to be an excellent teacher. His lessons combine music theory with exercises and popular songs, making the process interesting, challenging and fun. He is patient, reliable and encouraging and I enjoy working with him. I recommend him highly.
Piano Lessons VermontPiano Lessons Vermont
Riya C.
As someone who always wanted to sing but never found the courage or belief to, finding Naila has been a life altering Thumbtack experience for me. A gazillion stars to her - who makes music a beautiful learning experience. Naila is an incredible music teacher! She truly cares for the well being of her students and has taught me techniques to gradually build proper voice placement and resonance. I’m learning singing and also taking piano lessons with her.
Vocal-MentorVocal-Mentor
William L.
I only did one lesson because I found another teacher who was much closer to me, but Yong was great! Really nice guy and clearly has a passion for music. I can't say much about how long term lessons are like but the lesson I had with him was great!
Yong Lee MusicYong Lee Music
Gabi N.
I started taking lessons with Annie six months ago and have found her to be such a wonderful teacher and mentor. She has helped me truly understand the mechanics of my voice for the first time after studying voice for 10+ years! Annie's energy as a teacher and performer is contagious and so inspiring. I am very thankful to work with her and would recommend Annie and The Vocal Lab to anyone interested in expanding their vocal technique, building/refining their repertoire, and having fun making music!
The Vocal Lab | Voice + ActingThe Vocal Lab | Voice + Acting
Stiven C.
straight from the first lesson, I could tell Dom was incredibly knowledgeable about music. He’s patient and understanding. I feel a lot more comfortable and feel like I’ve learned a lot more in just two lessons compared to other teachers I’ve tried out. I highly recommend Dom.
. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌. MDozm Minasim😀👌😆👌
Jonathan S.
5 stars! If I could give more I would. Jason is very responsible, understanding, responsive, and overall an awesome teacher. Jason is teaching my 6 year old son and shapes the lessons around his abilities and growth. He fosters a love for the instruments and music. I look forward to a great long lasting relationship.
Drum Lessons with STOMP's Jason MillsDrum Lessons with STOMP's Jason Mills
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