Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I feel very lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to take private lessons throughout my childhood, as I know many do not. BBC News examined this quandary of private lessons’ affordability in an article last week. The article reports that the median cost of a typical music lesson £30 in the UK – about $48.25 USD – with the Musicians’ Union recommending to charge £31.
Lately, there has been debate regarding funding for the arts as they strive to make music lessons more available to students, especially those of low-income households. Music budgets have been cut and reorganized into local “music hubs.” One resolution to the costly lessons is suggested by the Sutton Trust which advises money in these hubs to be funneled into a “pupil premium” to be made available for parents or schools for this purpose.
I think this is a wonderful idea as long as it could sustain itself. One-on-one lessons are so important for musical growth. Luckily, as the article provides, there are ways to minimize the potential for high-priced lessons. Group lessons, using databases to find suitable teachers, and seeking advice from school music teachers or music shops are all ways to help.