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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $240 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
$170
45-min $15
 
$46 average
$200
60-min $15
 
$57 average
$240

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 20% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $34.

Curious how much music theory lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best music theory teachers .

Music Theory Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Music Theory teachers

Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA
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Betsy F.

San Diego, CA
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Dilys Y.

San Diego, CA
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Tennessee O. September 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
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Moriya B. June 26, 2013
· Piano ·
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.

I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.

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Music theory is important for every musician to understand. I love teaching theory to help a student better understand their instrument and become a better musician.

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michelle September 16, 2017
· Viola · In home
Betsy was my daughter's viola teacher for almost 2 years. She was consistently fun, nice, supportive, knowledgeable, and professional. We recommend her highly.
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Sabella M. August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
Lessons have been great. She is organized, intuitive with the child taking lessons, and getting results. All this plus a beautiful spirit and voice.
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Annmarie Seaman February 17, 2016
· Viola · In home
Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.

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Theory test preparation for RCM

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Caleb O. July 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very nice and patient teacher. Made the first lesson fun and not boring or overwhelming for my 5 year old. He sat through the whole 30 minute lesson without any problems because she kept it interesting for him.
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Caleb S. August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Dilys is very skilled in the art of teaching. She is very fluid. In only one lesson my son was playing a song. I feel we have found our life-long piano instructor.
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Dilys is a great teacher. She keeps my son engaged and makes sure he learns all the skills needed while making it fun for him by incorporating songs that he enjoys.

Semyon R.

Silver Spring, MD
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA
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Russell S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Alex A. April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and seems to enjoy teaching
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Keith January 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first session! I'm looking forward to the rest.
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Andrew January 6, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Semyon is great! He really knows the music and teaches it very well. If you are considering piano lessons, I highly recommend him.

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Whether you need tutoring for music theory or want to understand it's value for performing, we will get you on the right track after the first lesson.

Music theory functions in way similar to the rules of grammar and punctuation in language. It can add all sorts of useful things to your skills, like memorize pieces quickly through understanding musical form.

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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Antawn B. September 13, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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mike July 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
What a great teacher - can wait for my next lesson!

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If you are ready to take your music skills SERIOUSLY then stop wasting time and money on teachers who don't fully understand what they are teaching. My name is Russell Steedle and I have been playing guitar professionally for 19 years and engineering and producing records for over 10. I have worked with artists such as Sean Kingston, Lifehouse, Disney's Caityln Taylor Love and have composed music to 100s of your favorite TV shows! Want to learn to theory? production? writing?

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Edward J. October 5, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Russ is a truly exceptional individual and very knowledgeable in all aspects of music theory, production and the industry. Not only is he an great at what he does, but he can also relate and impart that knowledge onto others - a skill that is surprisingly rare among high-caliber performers. The price per lesson seems higher than average at first glance, but I feel that the speed and amount of knowledge you acquire per dollar is actually lower than that of other instructors. Really.

He is also active in the industry, so the skills he teaches are current.

I take lessons with Russ online through Skype for EDM production in FL Studio. He is always punctual and promptly communicates if anything comes up. His teaching style carefully balances the need to provide guidance, while allowing freedom for individual artistic development. Every week, I start a composition or track analysis project that applies what I've learned in previous lessons, and I will submit it to Russ to discuss things that went well and things to work on in the future. In this way, you are not just being lectured, but you are actually learning to collaborate with an exceptional musician. I've personally experienced how constant application and feedback facilitates rapid learning.

He certainly is a serious musician, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a fun personality. He is engaging and inspirational.

I would, without reservation nor hesitation, highly recommend Russ to anyone who is interested in professional music production.
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Kirsten August 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Encouraged and inspired my daughter's love for music. Taught guitar lessons in a fun engaging way that also challenged her creativity. Great teacher!
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Josh August 29, 2016
· Music Recording · In studio
I really enjoy learning from Russ. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Russ. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor. At first I was a little hesitant because of the higher price than others, but when you start noticing that you are learning stuff other teachers had no idea about, it makes sense to pay a little more for the quality you get out of his lessons. Thanks Russ for all the lessons over the last few years! Wouldn't be where I am today without ya!

Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help

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Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what learning music theory will do for you. It will help you gain a better understanding of music, no matter how hard the art may be do to define. Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Some of these concepts include: harmony, melody, rhythm, form, structure, and texture if you gain knowledge about these concepts, you can heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

Whether you are looking for a general basic music theory lessons, specialized instruction for music theory notation of instruments, or trying learn how to make music theory fun for children, your best bet is to pursue a music theory class with one of our certified instructors. A good instructor is the arguably the best tool you can have when learning music theory because they can explain all the transpositions, or musical mathematics involved. Also, if you have an experienced mentor, they can offer music theory assistance, music theory appreciation, and music theory application. Your teacher can even provide suggestions on free music composition software available online. So, if you’d like to be well-versed music, sign up for our music theory lessons today!

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