Most of us at some point in our lives have felt a strong inclination to explore a new hobby. It can stem from an early age or it can reach us much later; what we do know is exploring such passions can lead to personal fulfillment and a sense of self-satisfaction.

It can often be a challenge to control such inclinations, and giving into them may be the only option.

To put this into perspective, Leonardo Da Vinci was 49 years old when he painted what was considered his first masterpiece until then he was identified as a failed artist. In contrast, Michael Jackson was only 14 years old when he recorded his first US Number 1 record in 1972 with the song 'Ben'.

Here are two different artists which both started their careers at different parts of their lives, establishing success at different periods yet both similarly prolific in their form of art and performance.

It can be a challenge trying to establish where such passions derive, why someone has a sudden desire to pick up drum sticks, ballet shoes, kick a soccer ball or learning to play the violin. And whether it is for aspirations of a future vocation or simply for personal fulfillment, having a hobby similar to those aforementioned can have a positive influence on our lives.

Yet, although we are constantly told of all the hard work and dedication that is required when learning something like a musical instrument, what people can fail to mention is the financial commitments that come with it.

A tailored violin to start with is an expensive piece of equipment, and this is because most mid-range quality instruments can be anything from $400-$2,000. Of course, you can go cheaper, but the quality of the instrument itself will diminish, affecting the overall quality of sound.

Once all of the necessary equipment has been purchased, it then goes to the matter of finding the ideal violin teacher.

Naturally, the price range will reflect upon many factors. These include:

  • The area within the States. Some of the larger, more populated cities tend for the prices to fluctuate, creating a more diverse range of prices.
  • Experience level - Teachers with more experience naturally cost more, graduates and students who attend music schools may often offer a reduced price for their services.
  • Commuting - teachers who travel to students' homes will often include travel expenses within their rates.
  • Paying upfront for long term violin packages or if you wish to pay per session.
  • The length of each session, as usual, they span from 30, 45 and 1 & 2-hour sessions.

Not alone is it the sound which makes it such an attractive instrument to play, but it is also one of the more convenient of classical instruments to learn due to its lightweight and transportable size.

Here we'll take a look at some of the expected, average prices for singular and bulk violin lessons as well as identifying how prices can differ in certain parts of the states.

Individual Pricing

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Prices can vary depending on the length of time the lessons are composed. (Source: Visualhunt)

Violin lessons are usually conducted over three favored durations: 30, 45 & 1 hour periods.

It can be difficult as a beginner to decide upon which length of lesson you will take, so first consider these factors before booking your first set of lessons:

  • Frequency of lessons - if you are practicing only once a week or fortnightly, it is advised to take a more extended session.
  • Experience level - violin lessons for new players require more direction for they must master the very fundamental techniques in violin playing. Therefore, the more direction you can get during this time the better.
  • Price - if you are working on a budget, the lessons will, of course, be cheaper if you take shorter lessons.

For thirty-minute sessions, the average price would range from $15-$35 per half hour. This would be an expected price range for those starting; if you are a more experienced violinist who requires more specialist teaching, then expect this range to increase.

Living in larger metropolises like Chicago can make it an easier place to find the right tutor.

Paying in Bulk

A great way to save money is by paying for a sequence of lessons in advance.

Violinist specialists and music tutors often prefer receiving upfront payments and can, therefore, offer their clients incentives by either reducing their hourly rate or by offering a free session for every ten or twenty lessons that are paid for upfront.

Teachers will often require their students to set similar days and times within the week/weekend, especially as some teachers may have busy schedules with many students requiring their services.

Therefore, if you are planning on doing this, ensure there is one day in which you can devote to attending violin lessons. If your schedule ever effects this it can result in sacrificing paid lessons as the teacher cannot always guarantee reimbursement.

In larger cities like Chicago, there is a range of opportunities for those looking for violin tuition. However, you do not have to be in a centrally located area to learn the essentials of violin playing

Private Violin Teachers in New York

Located in Midtown West New YorkNYC Violin Studio is a great place to start. Offering group and private sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, there is certainly a range of opportunities for students within various levels of their development.

Courses are regularly updated and their website is filled with useful information, making it simple for those who are looking to get involved.

Group sessions almost exclusively take place in their music studio, however, private lessons can be carried out at the student's home, yet this usually comes at an additional price.

They also advertise an 'Absolute Beginner' course which is handy for those looking to build upon their confidence. On their website you can be introduced to the tutors which will be heading the course and prospective students can also personally request further information via their website. 

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New Yorkers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a violin teacher. (Source: Visualhunt)

Private Violin Teachers in Philadelphia

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Many well-respected music establishments in Philadelphia offer a range of courses to aspiring violinists of varying ability and experience.

A simple search through google or fellow prominent search engines will uncover a wealth of private music teachers and musical companies that offer violin and cello lessons - the more you research the higher the chances there are of finding the right match for you!

Dakota Geneva Kievman is a concert violinist and teacher who works predominantly with clients in the central parts of Philadelphia. A quick glimpse of her website reveals regular updates of her schedule and availability for taking on new clients. Booking inquiries can be made directly through the website in which a personal email can be contacted.

Private Violin Teachers in Houston

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You don't have to be centrally located to have a violin teacher within close proximity. (Source: Visualhunt)

From the Music Academy of Houston to the Allegro Violin School, the city has a wealth of respected establishments that don't only reside in the central areas of Houston.

From music centers, academies, specialist musical schools to a company simply named 'Lessons in Your Home' - an aspiring violinist in the Houston area will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the wealth of options available at their doorstep.

Vivaldi Music Academy, located on the South-Western part of the city, is a hugely respected music school with a wealth of testimonials from existing students - available to read on their website. They offer music lessons across most stringed instruments from violin, cello, and classical guitar and each of the teachers has their listings online.

A trial lesson at Vivaldi costs around $25 but if the student is comfortable with the teacher, a bulk of 10 x lessons can be paid for upfront and if done so the money spent on the trial lesson will be directly reimbursed.

Prices range from $299-$585 for adults and slightly less expensive for players under the age of 21 years. The lessons can be conducted within three separate durations: 30, 45 and 60-minute sessions.

An ensemble of musicians (maximum 3) can partake in joint, private teaching and this effectively reduces the price per hour. However, it is imperative that each are at a similar level of proficiency and experience and that their sessions can be conducted within the same period each week.

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