If you’re looking for singing lessons, you’re probably wondering how much they will cost, right?

Well, the average cost of singing lessons in most areas tends to fall in the $20-$50/hour range.

For seasoned veterans and coaches that are well-known in the industry, it’s common to see prices from $75-$200/hour, especially in bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Like anything, the cost of singing lessons varies, but it’s usually pretty easy to find quality lessons from a good coach for $50/hour or less.

At 2 lessons/week, that brings the cost to $160-$1,600/month. Figuring an average cost per hour lesson to be $40, that would come to $320/month for the instructor.

That’s not the only expense though. So, let’s break down the entire cost:

  • Cost of singing instructor
  • Cost of transportation to lessons
  • Cost of materials needed

Everybody thinks about the price they’ll pay directly to the teacher they learn from, but most beginners forget about those other costs, even though they add up quickly.

For example, many voice coaches will require reading materials, work books for practicing between sessions, and sometimes home study courses as supplemental content.

It’s tough to give an average cost for this part of the lessons since it depends completely on the teaching style, but as an example it would be reasonable to assume $50-$100/year, or about $7/month on average.

The other big expense is the added transportation cost of getting to the lessons.

This can take a lot of time too, depending on how far away the lessons are, so let’s do a quick example:

Say your instructor’s studio/house is 15 minutes away (30 minute round trip). If you take 2 lessons/week, that’s 1 hour of driving each week, a little over 4 hours per month, about 50 hours per year.

At an average price per gallon of gas of $3.50, an average speed of 40 MPH (miles per hour), an average MPG (miles per gallon) of 25, that would put the transportation cost at about:

  1. 40 miles/hour x 50 hours of driving/year = 2,000 miles/year
  2. (2,000 miles/year) / (25 miles/gallon) = 80 gallons/year
  3. 80 gallons/year x $3.50/gallon = $280/year
  4. $280 / 12 months = $23.33/month

Now, let’s bring it all together:

Monthly cost of singing lessons = $320 for instructor + $23 for transportation + $7 for materials

= $350/month for private singing lessons.

This is assuming you can find an instructor for $40/hour, but that’s not too hard in suburbs and smaller cities.

While some people are fine with spending $350/month to improve their voice, many people aren’t trying to make a career out of it and their budget isn’t that high.

See our singing lessons buying guide for more info on setting goals and budgeting for learning to sing.

This is exactly why we decided to research and buy home singing lessons online:

Instead of going to see a coach in person and paying for their time, you can pay once for a course they’ve created, and go through the exercises and lessons as many times as you want without paying another penny.

It’s also easier for them to make money since they only have to record each lesson once, rather than be there for every lesson with every student, which means they charge a lot less this way.

In fact, the average price per lesson ranges from $0.60 – $1.36/lesson for home singing courses!

In-person instruction is amazing, but if you can get most of the value from home singing lessons for such a low price, it makes to at least start there.

Check out our side-by-side singing lessons comparison to see if any of the courses are right for you.

9 Comments

  1. Noelle Roberts-Mok
    November 7, 2012

    I am a single mum who works hard to provide for my children. Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be an opera or jazz singer. I am looking for vocal singing lesson. This something I am doing for me not just being a mother only.
    Kindly advice. I am happy to consider the six week intensive lessons. again, depending on the price
    regards
    noelle
    .

  2. Kyle
    November 7, 2012

    Hi Noelle,

    That’s fantastic! With that goal in mind, you will likely need in-person training at some point to reach the level you want.

    That said, I would recommend starting with a cheaper, more convenient option than private lessons (especially since you have kids and it would be hard to drive to your lessons 1-2 times per week without bringing them along).

    To see which course would be best for you, compare the top singing lessons side-by-side here.

    Most aspiring singers prefer Singing Success or Sing with Freedom.

    Let me know if there’s anything else we can do to help out,
    Kyle

  3. Paul
    November 11, 2012

    Hi,

    I have been singing Baritone in a top male voice choir for 5 years.

    Recently I’ve had 2 voice coaching sessions with the choir MD (at £40/h) where he told me I was in the wrong section and should be a top tenor.

    This was where I really wanted to be but now, as I make the transission, find that the high notes are too strained and scratchy (top G and above).

    I am just 2 sessions in to my first ever voice lessons and wondering if I should be spending £150 plus on web or CD based lessons. The MD has said I have a good voice and am a ‘natural’, but I don’t believe…I don’t sound good from where I am and need more unbiased feedback before I’m happy.

    I am 65 and am unusual in the move I’m making as most at my age are going down the ranks.

    Big prob is that I really don’t have the cash to spend on something that isn’t going to be necessary…..comments and advice please.

    Paul

  4. Kyle
    November 12, 2012

    Hi Paul,

    That’s fantastic! Congrats on moving up the ranks (and in pitch). :)

    It sounds like the voice lessons are going to be crucial for the feedback you’re looking for, so hopefully you can talk with your coach about giving you more constructive criticism and helping you reduce the strain on high notes.

    That said, for about $63/hour, you would likely get a lot of value out skipping a few sessions to save enough to buy a course that will replace those 2-4 lessons with 100′s of lessons you can watch over and over at home.

    For example, Singing Success has 331 lessons and costs about £125, so you could get it for “free” by skipping about 3 private sessions and get a lot more content from that investment.

    I hope that helps! Have fun with tenor,
    Kyle

  5. paul
    November 12, 2012

    Thanks Kyle, I do get the economics of the situation, however I am going to persevere with the 1-1 for a short while tho I know it doesn’t make economic sense.

    The MD has said that I might have soloist potential and as he’s the one calling the shots I want to impress him.

    I just can’t see (hear) how my squeaky ‘A’ can be as clear and resonant as Per Bristow’s…..how I envy that voice….:-)

    Thanks again,

    Paul

  6. Kyle
    November 13, 2012

    That makes perfect sense. Good luck with the lessons, and I hope you get some great solo opportunities!

    Yeah, Per is fantastic. It sounds to me like the MD is hearing something in your voice that’s better than you can hear yourself.

    That’s always a good thing, because you’ll keep pushing to impress yourself, but everyone around you hears something even better than you do!

    Have a great day Paul,
    Kyle

  7. michael murphy
    January 26, 2013

    question: do i need anything so i can hear myself sing? like an amplifier and using a headphone whilc singing into a mic? if i do not need this kind of setup, how do i hear myself so i do not go sharp or flat. thanks

  8. Kyle
    January 28, 2013

    Hi Michael,

    It isn’t crucial, but some singers like to use a mic and headphones or even record themselves doing exercises to pick out things to improve.

    Most students don’t invest in a fancy setup right off the bat, but in this case these tools can be quite helpful.

    Hope that helps!
    Kyle

  9. ruby
    December 10, 2013

    to michael murphy::get your self an (anyspot) it is an ear monitor the looks like a set of small ear buds,however the moment you speak into the mic
    whatever comes out of your mouth goes straight to your ears,that way you can adjust your voice if needed,also what you hear will be whatever everyone else hears also..sweetwater music has them

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