If this is the first time you are taking piano lessons in Singapore, or the first time you are enrolling your child for private piano lessons, here are some ‘hidden’ costs (or rather, unexpected costs) you may not already know.
First of all, the following costs are not hidden, they are just usually not known to first time learners of music. While not expensive, there are still costs. For example, your piano lessons will require you to purchase music books. Your teacher will pay in advance for you or your child, but you will then need to reimburse the teacher for the respective books in which you want to use to learn piano. These books usually cost between $15 to $30, and are necessary if you want to take music lessons. Even if you do not wish to buy additional books, you still need to pay for the minimum – which is the ABRSM related books if you want to pass the ABRSM practical examinations.
Exams cost money. This is referring to the ABRSM graded examinations. Both the theory and practical lessons cost money, and it costs around $150 for the lower grades and up till $500 for the higher grades. This is a cost that cannot be avoided whether you go to private piano lessons or schools, as long as you want to get accredited by ABRSM. This is because these costs are charged by the international music body ABRSM.
Last but not least, you are strongly recommended to rent the music studio rooms for practice sessions in preparation for the ABRSM graded practical examinations. Every piano student is strongly recommended to book at least 2 to 3 lessons there if you want to score better in the examinations. This is because every piano feels slightly different, and the examination piano keys are usually more polished and waxed, making it feel slightly slippery compared to your home piano, and you may not feel comfortable with it if you do not practise on it beforehand. Once again, this cost will only happen if you want to be graded officially under the ABRSM music framework. If you are just taking casual piano lessons in Singapore, then this won’t be affecting you at all.
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