Boston Music Lessons – Cost, Location, and Quality

Girl at PianoAttention Boston parents! Are you looking for Boston Music Lessons?

With so many Boston Music Lesson options to choose from, how does one decide on a music school? 

We, at The Maestro Musicians Academy, have put together a list of items parents will generally look for in their search for the perfect Boston music lessons. Although this list is “Boston-specific”, if you live in another part of the world, you will find the principles useful.

1. What is the Cost of Your Music Lessons?

It’s the canary in the coal mine, but I want to cut to the chase and address this question first, because it is the most frequently asked.

Many parents are rightfully cautious about signing their children up for music programs because they want to make sure that a) their child is getting something valuable in return and b) their child is going to have a good experience. I would argue that points a and b hold equal value to most parents and are not listed in any particular order of importance.

As a result of the above reasons, parents might wonder if the amount a music teacher charges is worthwhile. It is particularly hard to address this question before the lessons have taken place.

The most useful music lessons take place in a one-to-one environment. As a result, music teachers are limited in the number of students they can take and they are also limited by the fact that students are not free during school-hours.

Boston’s best music teachers have spent years honing their craft and, like everyone else, have to deal with student loans, housing expenses, and general very high costs of living in a city that is more expensive than the rest of the country.

So, it is not at all uncommon to see hourly rates for private instructors and schools ranging from a low of $45 to a high of $100 (or more, if your teacher is in the Boston Symphony Orchestra or is a member of a prestigious conservatory). In general, you DO get what you pay for. Advanced qualifications, such as a doctorate degree, symphony orchestra position, or even the benefit of being in a community resulted from a well-run and organized music school are completely worth the higher cost. Why? Quite simply, you are investing in your child’s education. This investment pays dividends in the future and the benefits of quality musical instruction go way beyond the music room. The alternative is to get an inexperienced teacher who might not be willing or able to teach young children and might not be the right role model for your kids. We at The Maestro Musicians Academy recommend that every parent request a trial lesson before committing to a full semester.

2. Where in Boston do the Music Lessons Take Place?

Boston is a very tricky city to commute in. Quite frankly, it is congested and getting from point A to point B is a pain. Also, more often than not, children in Boston come from households where both parents are working. This results in a difficult market for peddlers of after-school programs that are outside of school because it is much more convenient for parents to leave their children in school and let the school handle the extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, quality music lessons in the public schools are still a luxury and many, if not most public schools do not have the ability or the funding to arrange one-to-one lessons. So what is one to do?

Because Boston is such a hub for music, there are community music schools that exist all around the city. Most suburbs in the I-495 corridor have their own local school. The Maestro Musicians Academy serves two locations in Brookline (one in Coolidge Corner and the other is very close to Jamaica Plain and Chestnut Hill), West Newton, and Lexington. The academy also offers lessons in students’ homes, if feasible. In general, if you are in greater Boston, having a music school within a 1-mile radius to your home is a huge advantage.

3. What is the Quality of the Music Lesson Instruction?

From our perspective, this is the most important question. Boston has many talented performers and teachers. Due to the proximity of New England Conservatory, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, and the Boston Conservatory, among others, finding a music teacher is not generally a problem. The difficulty instead, however, lies in finding a teacher who has the right chemistry with children and, most specifically, your child. Learning styles vary from student to student as much as teaching styles vary from teacher to teacher. This is why we are adamant that a trial lesson is so important.

Want to find out more? Let Maestro Musicians take the guesswork out of finding the right teacher for you or your child. Contact Daniel today for more information!

Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A.
Maestro Musicians, LLC
Parent tested, Child approved
Greater Boston, MA