Jeff Bauer (Keyboard Concepts ) gives expert video advice on: How much will piano lessons cost?; Is it a good idea to trade up my piano for another one?; How much does brand affect the price of a piano? and more...
How much will piano lessons cost?
Piano lessons cost, depending on the teacher who's teaching them, but can range anywhere from a student teacher charging about $30 dollars an hour to a very advanced professional teacher charging about $250 to $300 dollars an hour. Most teachers all in the under $100 dollars an hour mark and they have different styles of teaching and it's important not to go by the price of the teacher, but by how well you identify with their methods and the teacher themselves.
Is it a good idea to trade up my piano for another one?
The reason why you want to trade your piano up for another one is to make life simpler on you. You can get more money by usually selling your piano privately versus trading it in to a dealership because you'll be selling it at a retail price to a retail customer versus trading it to a wholesale price to somebody who is going to need to mark it up and to make a profit on it.
How much does brand affect the price of a piano?
The brand name of the piano affects the costs about as much as the country of origin. The piano's brand name is going to be pretty instrumental in how much you're paying for it because it's that particular brand. However pianos do sell based on the quality.
How important is a budget prior to purchasing a piano?
The importance of setting up a budget before you shop for a piano is so that you don't give yourself too big of a spectrum of things to look at. If you leave it open and try to look for something that fits your needs, you're going to find that you'll quickly be confused by the plethora of options out there. Most people who shop for pianos do set a budget for themselves, but find themselves not adhering to the budget because once they learn what's available and what their needs are their budget for the most part usually expands, but sometimes they even find that they'll get what they need for a little bit less.