If you’re considering getting some vocal coaching, you’ll need to know what the going rate is in your area. Or perhaps you’re an aspiring teacher and wondering what to charge.
So how much do singing lessons cost? Fees will vary from region to region and according to the teacher’s experience as well as their level of demand. But generally speaking, an average price would be around between £20 and £50 for just under an hour’s face to face session.
Read on to find out more about the factors affecting lesson cost, and the various options available to suit every size of budget.
How much do singing lessons cost?
The options for singing lessons have grown immensely with the advent of digital platforms, in addition to the more traditional formats. For generations, lessons were only available in a face to face format. Now you can opt for one to one sessions in person, online or even generic tutorials. Your choice will be informed by your budget and desired outcome. But focussed lessons with a tutor are still the most relevant and popular choice for serious singers. The associated cost is hugely variable and far from an exact science.
How much are singing lessons on average?
Let’s take a look at the factors that’ll influence how much you pay.
- The teacher’s reputation and experience – the more they are in demand, the higher their price
- Where the lessons take place geographically – some regions are pricier than others
- Where the lessons take place in terms of venue – it may be cheaper to have lessons in your own home, than in a fancy music school
- How long the lesson lasts – sessions will usually be between 25 minutes through to an hour
- Whether the teacher or venue is offering a special package or discount – lookout for deals to get more value for money
- If the lessons are taught online or in-person – the former is usually cheaper based on like for like teachers. A famous teacher will, however, be more expensive even for an online lesson, than a local teacher who’s providing face to face lessons.
- Whether the teacher is offering a fair rate. Pricing can be somewhat arbitrary, rather than set rates across the board. So there may, in fact, be no good reason why one teacher charges more than another. It may just be because they want to. This is where you must do your homework to find a fairly priced teacher with a proven track record.
- The facilities and skills they offer, such as mics, recording equipment and accompaniment. A teacher who plays the piano and can make a decent recording of you will likely charge a percentage more.
Are singing lessons worth it?
If you’re new to the world of online tutoring, the cost of singing lessons might have you questioning whether it’s really worth the outlay. This really is a personal decision and depends on what you want to achieve and where you want to be. If you sing purely as a hobby, aren’t looking to get regular work or launch a pop career and can’t spare the cash, then you can go down the DIY lesson route instead. If you want to make it in the industry, bettering your voice with the help of an experienced teacher is one of the biggest investments you can make.
However, singing lessons aren’t just for wannabe professionals. Many people take them to improve confidence or their breathing (this can be very helpful for those who suffer from conditions like asthma or anxiety). Or just for the pleasure of it. And if you get a lot of enjoyment or satisfaction from the process, it’s definitely worth it.
The average price of singing lessons in the UK
On the whole, the most expensive areas for singing lessons are London and the home counties. This is because everything is more expensive in these areas, from property to restaurant food. It mostly follows that teachers in big cities will charge more, in line with going rates and the cost of living. Conversely, if you live in an area where there are very few teachers, a lack of competition may drive prices up. The best value is usually found in towns and smaller cities.
Expect to budget for somewhere in the region of £35 per hour in the UK. If a teacher is charging much more than that and isn’t London based, you need to ask the question why. Take a look at their website and social media. If they have an impressive CV with a host of well-known clients, their hourly fee will be much more – closer to £50. Teachers to the stars will be far more again – likely well beyond the wherewithal of the budding singer. However, if your prospective teacher is a recent music graduate with a small number of professional gigs under their belt, an hourly rate of £20 would be reasonable.
How much are singing lessons UK?
We’ve said that many teachers’ fees are arbitrarily set. So how do you know if their fee is fair or worth it?
A safe way to ensure you’re not paying over the odds is to source a teacher who’s connected to a bigger establishment – that is, a recording studio, music school, or stage school. These tutors will have already had to jump through some hoops to get there – that is getting a CRB check, providing references and proving their ability as a vocalist in their own right and as a teacher. Venues often offer bundles deals too, so it can be a great way to save money, without stinting on quality.
So far we’ve talked about one to one lessons, as these are the most effective way to see fast improvement. But if you’re more interested in singing for fun and to build a social network, group lessons are ideal. They’re slightly harder to come by, so it may mean signing up to a course, Saturday music school or joining a choir where you’ll receive some instruction. On average expect to pay between £8 and £20 per hours for group classes. Many group lessons are incorporated into performing arts courses. Drama schools and universities offering performance degrees or diplomas will provide singing as part of their syllabus, the frequency of which will vary. If you’re seeking a little extra, you might want to approach an in house teacher to find out their rates.
1 to 1 singing lessons near me
If you plan on taking face to face lessons, location will be a defining factor. Many professional singers will travel long distances to work with a specific vocal coach but do be sure this is achievable for you. And don’t forget to factor in costs for fares, petrol and/or parking, not to mention your time. If you don’t have a particular teacher you’ve set your heart on, it’s better to look out someone who’s closer to home. This also gives the option to take shorter lessons – another way of saving some cash. A lesson of half the duration won’t always be half the price, especially if the teacher is travelling to and from your home, or to the venue just for your lesson. Where a teacher runs back to back lessons, however, you may see as much as a 50% reduction – and a condensed session can be just as effective if you’re focussed.
A big advantage of working with a local teacher is recommendations. Ask peer musicians who they use. Using word of mouth will help avoid paying over what is reasonable and will go some way to ensuring you get a good tutor. Some teachers come to your home. Others will hold lessons at theirs – or a mutual space such as a community hall or practice rooms. It can be worth paying a little extra for lessons in a venue with equipment, rather than your own home. This is relevant when you come to things like mic technique, or for recording and playback. The facilities a teacher offers may affect their price.
How much to charge for singing lessons
If you’re in the market to give rather than take singing lessons, it’s just as important to have an idea of the local rates. Have a look at other teachers’ websites in your area, or search a tutoring site like Superprof to find out what others charge. Do be realistic about your worth as a teacher, but don’t undersell yourself either. Have another read of the seven factors we identified that influence cost and work out where you fit into those.
It can be useful to offer trial lessons for half price, or even free to attract your first clients. And you may have to start out at a slightly lower rate until you build up your students. You can also apply for any vacancies in studios or schools where the rate will be set. Or alternatively, sign up to a tutoring site (offering online and/or face to face lessons). Many of these take a cut, so it can be better value for you and your students if you go direct with them.
Singing lessons online
This has become an increasingly common way to learn to sing. There are of course advantages and disadvantages, but it is almost always a cheaper way to do it. And it provides an enormous range of options in terms of teachers. Another option for those who have no available funds to learn is DIY singing lessons online. There are thousands of courses and tutorials on YouTube and while these are arguably less effective than one to one lessons, you can take your voice a long way with hard work and commitment.
Online singing teacher rates
There are different platforms for online singing teachers, and which of these you use will impact the rates. Third-party tutor sites, like face to face teaching sites, will usually deduct a percentage from the teacher or student. If you want to avoid this, opt for Zoom or Skype lessons where the arrangement is made directly with the teacher.
Online rates can start from as little as £15 per hour-long session. But prolific users will charge much more. The renowned Australian internet vocal coach Dr Dan, charges the equivalent of around £80 per session. While paying more may seem prohibitive, if it gets you where you want to be faster, then it’s well worth it. Particularly if this means you need less frequent sessions. You may spend £20 an hour with a teacher and get to the same place in a year, as you would working with a teacher over the course of four months, who charges £40.
If you plan on becoming a professional singer, it’s likely you’ll need to have ongoing lessons throughout your career. This can be costly but remember it’s counted as a tax-deductible expense. As a trained singer, you’re in line to earn more money than those who haven’t had vocal coaching, so skipping lessons is likely to be a false economy in the long run. Even those stars who found their break with only raw talent, have gone on to take frequent lessons.
Who is the best vocal coach?
Not everyone will agree on this, as vocal coaching is a personal and subjective matter. However, some of the most successful (but also expensive) vocal coaches in the UK are Carrie and David Grant, CeCe Sammy, Dan Cooper and Juliet Russell.
How do you become a voice coach?
You’ll need to be a trained singer yourself, with industry experience. Some vocal coaches will undertake exams, others work from a basis of experience and accrued knowledge. You’ll then need to set a price and advertise your services either through a tutoring website, or your own marketing methods.
How many singing lessons do I need?
This will depend on your prior experience, musical ability, the level you want to reach and what you want to achieve. A vocal coach will be able to identify the number of sessions necessary when they hear you. Most people will need to take lessons for several years to become a ‘trained’ singer.
How much do singing lessons cost on average in your area? Have you recently started vocal coaching or teaching singing yourself? How did you work out your fee? Let us known in the comments below.