Taking piano lessons not only teaches children how to read and play music; new research is showing that piano lessons actually raise a child's IQ. If you're considering enrolling your child in piano lessons, you have probably considered the cost of the lessons and perhaps the cost of a piano for your home.
However, it's important to also be aware of the following costs that parents with piano-playing children generally incur:
Piano Tuning Costs
Experts recommend having a piano tuned about one to three times per year. If you live in an area where the humidity levels change frequently, you will have to have your piano tuned more often than someone who lives in an area with constant humidity. Tuning involves adjusting the tension in the strings that are responsible for making the sounds within the piano in order to ensure the correct notes are emitted when they're struck.
The cost of tuning a piano varies by region, but you can expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a tuning session. If you are not sure how to find a tuner in your area, ask your child's piano instructor if he or she can recommend someone.
Piano Recital Fees
As your child becomes more advanced, his or her instructor will likely recommend attending recitals. Recitals not only give your child a chance to show off his or her skills, but they also give your child something to work towards and keep him or her motivated to keep working hard in lessons.
Some small recitals that take place just within your child's piano school or among the teacher's pupils may charge a fee, but larger recitals do typically charge a fee. These fees vary widely from a few dollars to a few hundred dollar, depending on their prestige.
Of course, you can pick and choose which recitals your child attends based on your budget.
Recital Outfit Costs
Typical piano recital attire includes a knee-length skirt or dress with dress shoes for girls, and formal pants with a dress shirt, and sometimes a jacket, for boys. Your child may already have these items in their wardrobe, but if not, they will be an additional expense you'll need to plan for once your child starts performing in recitals.
You can spend as much or as little as you like on recital clothing. Unless your child is playing in highly prestigious recitals, middle-of-the-road clothing from a department store will likely suit his or her needs just fine.
Learning to play the piano is a valuable experience for a child. When calculating how much this activity will cost you, just make sure you include the costs of piano tuning, recital fees, and recital clothing. Contact a company like Cannon Pianos with any questions you have.
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