Learning to play an instrument should be looked at as a sound investment. Like my father used to say, "Education is something that can never be taken away from you." Just as we emphasize the importance of going to school to learn academics, taking music lessons should also be looked at as valuable education.
Learning to play an instrument also has specific costs. Here are some of the things you should consider if you plan on studying a music instrument:
This will vary depending on whether you want a private tutor or group instruction. Private tutors generally cost more. Tuition will also depend on where you enroll. There are some public schools which offer music lessons to students and there are private music schools that offer the same but mostly with a higher fee. The length of lessons will also affect the cost, for example, a 30 minute lesson twice a week as opposed to a one hour lesson three times a week. In my opinion, short lessons 2 to 3 times a week will be more suitable to kids rather than longer lessons of one hour or more in one sitting.
- Instrument and other Equipment
Your instrument will be one of your major investments. Make sure that you choose an instrument that is of high quality so that it will last longer.There are also other equipment to buy depending on what instrument you plan on studying. Mostly, at the beginning of your lessons there are not much equipment to buy other than maybe a stand or music case. Again, research is very important before you buy anything.
- Sheet Music
Your teacher or school may provide sheet music or books while you're in class as part of your tuition. If they don't, you have to buy your own copy or ask if you can photocopy the sheet music or books to be used if that would be cheaper. As your music prowess grows, you may find yourself buying your own sheet music featuring tunes you personally want to learn.