Affordable singing lessons. NYC. Is it possible to find affordable singing lessons in NYC? When trying to calculate affordability in singing lessons for NYC where things tend to be pricy, it’s easy to look just at pricing and think the cheapest will cost you the least. However, oftentimes the cheapest will actually cost you more. Let me explain.
Usually, pricing with affordability of singing lessons in NYC are based on a few things: Skill of the teacher/achievements of the students, location, and advertising costs. Instructor effectiveness, skill, and convenience vary greatly and make this an apples/oranges type of situation.
Affordability in Singing Lessons for NYC and How It Relates To Experience
Most people who are starting their career teaching singing lessons in NYC will start out at the beginner teacher pricing which tends to be about $50-75/hour. This pricing reflects the fact that they might not be super great at teaching at the moment and are trying to get some experience. Not always, but usually this means that it is going to take them longer to teach you what a more experienced teacher could. If they have to spend two full sessions on the same thing a more proficient instructor could teach in one full session, for instance, the prudent budgeter would double that hourly rate in order to compare it to the more experienced person.
By the time a lot of people come into my studio, for instance, they’ve studied breathing a number of time and just not ever “gotten it”. So they may have spent 3-5 sessions over their life trying to learn breathing. Well, those sessions add up after a while. With a couple of exceptions for people charging like $250/hr which is done for other reasons, generally, by the time a teacher haas taught for a few decades, they have their teaching skills down to a much greater extent than they did when they started out in teaching.
How Advertising Affects Affordability of Singing Lessons in NYC Studios
Speaking of $250+/hr singing lessons, let’s talk about that! Some studios have a really solid advertising campaign going that costs money and brings a lot of people to their studio or website. These costs have to be absorbed by the clientele. Advertising generally is not the same as skill as I’m sure we all know from living in NYC! So sometimes these teachers are great and sometimes not so much. But they do get their services under the noses of more potential students and so can demand a higher rate playing the law of averages.
Location’s Bearing on Affordability of Singing Lessons in the NYC Market
Location is another consideration, especially when calculating affordability in singing lessons in NYC. I mean, NYC is giant and being in a train from one end to the other is not super fun. So a lot of teachers move their locations into midtown where it’s easier to get to from different places in the city. To some potential clients, it’s worth it to pay more to have that convenience. Other clients have a lot of more time free in their day and might not mind going to the outer boroughs if the pricing is right. So that comes into play. Generally, there might be a $15 additional cost for a midtown location because the rent there is kinda steeper than, say the Bronx.
Studio Track Records and the Love of Teaching: How That Creates Affordability in Singing Lessons in the NYC Market
Also, forgetting about years of experience, some people enjoy teaching and are good at it and good with people and some people don’t. And that talent turns into results for clients a lot of times because they look forward to the positive experience. And people who love people and love teaching tend to research teaching and try to discover more efficient and better ways to get results and their studio resume tends to be better as far as clients who went on to be highly skilled singers. If you’re not inspired, you won’t be inspiring and inspiration is very motivating for students. How that affects affordability of singing lessons in NYC is that students who are uninspired stick with it for a shorter time and there tends be be.a lot of turnover in the studio which starts to equal lower pricing over time.
Well, I hope this discussion of some things to look for when shopping for affordable singing lessons in NYC. If you have any questions, drop me a line. Talk to people is really fun and I’m here to help you out with any questions you have. Starting singing lessons is confusing so asking questions is a good thing!