Learning the piano may be fun, but we also need to make sure that you can afford to pay for the piano lessons for your child comfortably, rather than needing to stop or worry constantly because of the financial side. Let us take a closer look at the potential costs. When you are fully comfortable with these costs, then by all means, send your child to piano lessons immediately!
First of all, there are two ways your child can take piano lessons in Singapore. The first way is to send your child to a public music school such as Cristofori. These are schools usually set up in shopping malls and your child can take either one to one lessons or group lessons. Group lessons for theory lessons, while it is one to one for practical sessions. The second way is to get a private piano teacher in Singapore, which is the recommended path if you want more convenience, along with quality and cheaper prices. This is because the extra prices you pay at a school does not actually mean that the teacher is better. It doesn’t even go to pay the admin staff at the music schools. Most of it goes to pay for the rental! If you go the route of private lessons for your child, which I strongly recommend, it costs around $140 per month from Grade 1 up till around $350 per month for Grade 8.
Second of all, for your child to truly master playing the piano, you should get a piano for him or her to practise at home. A good way to save on the costs when it comes to getting the piano is to get a second hand upright piano. An second hand upright piano is good enough to last your child up to ABRSM grade 8 or Diploma. There is no need to get a first hand one, if you are really wanting to reduce some costs there. Just make sure you go through a reputable dealer or go through a referral by a trusted friend or family member. A first hand upright piano costs around $8000 to $15000. A second hand upright piano costs around $3000 to $8000, saving you at least $2000 to $7000.
Third of all, even for private piano lessons, there are two types. You can send your child to the teacher’s studio (their home) or you can get the teacher to go to your house. Either way is fine, but I strongly recommend getting a teacher to go to your house instead. This way, you do not need to worry about transportation costs and time and getting your child to and fro from the teacher’s house/studio.