A new report has revealed some schools are charging around £225 for a term of ten 30-minute lessons, but here are some savvy ways your young maestros can play for less.
- YOUTUBE: The website is full of musicians offering lessons, tips and tricks for getting to grips with playing an instrument. The advice is free and can help with basic knowledge if you already have an instrument. SAVING: Around £22.50 on a private lesson.
- TEAM UP: Group lessons at schools often come at a discount. For example, a term of ten 30-minute lessons for groups of three or four pupils is usually around £81, saving £144 on the one-to-one cost. Parents can also encourage their kids to join a jazz club, or something similar, during their lunch breaks. Some families may also be eligible for concessions, so check your council’s website. SAVING: £144.
- NAB A FREEBIE: Some retailers offer free online lessons or taster sessions when you buy an instrument. Buy a Casio keyboard — get one at Argos for £37.99 — and then head to casiomusicacademy.co.uk and register yours for free access to their online keyboard lessons. SAVING: £22.50 on a private lesson.
- SHOP SECONDHAND: Parents can cut costs by buying second-hand intruments. Sites such as Preloved and Gumtree are good places to start. It is also worth considering your child’s choice of instrument. A keyboard can be picked up fairly cheaply but large stringed instruments such as the cello or harp will have a hefty price tag. Deals currently listed on Preloved include a Trevor James flute for £100. Similar models usually cost from £349 new. SAVING: up to £249.
- TASTERS: See if you can track down a local taster session for your child. Music For All (musicforall.org.uk) is a charity that helps would-be musicians pick up an instrument, with free lessons for people of all ages. It also even holds annual Learn To Play days. SAVING: £22.50 on a lesson.
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