Written by Bobby
Parent article: Guitar Lessons 101
QUICK HIT: How much do guitar lessons cost at School of Rock locations? Showing some of my own research into the typical School of Rock cost, which isn't super-easy to find.
How much do guitar lessons cost at School of Rock locations? It's a bit difficult to get a "face value" answer for this, since the price varies depending on the location, similar to Guitar Center's lesson pricing. For this article, I'll give you a broad overview of the School of Rock cost, then hone in on some of the locations closer to where I live to get a more realistic and specific price tag.
First, the broad price range for School of Rock guitar lessons is extremely wide.
Typical School of Rock Cost for Guitar Lessons
Per their FAQ guitar page, School of Rock guitar lessons range from $150 to $350 per month, depending on the location.
This includes what's described as "weekly private lessons and group rehearsals." However, there's also language about private lessons that seem separate from the group versions.
If you break weekly lessons down and assume they each last one hour, here's how the pricing looks:
- LOW END: $37.50 an hour
- HIGH END: $87.50 an hour
It's unclear what determines the discrepancy in price from one location to another. My guess is that individual instructors rates (they're likely paying a certain amount of their fee to the School of Rock organization), local economy, and age of the student, all play a role in establishing cost.
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Finding Specific Pricing for School of Rock Locations
To get a more accurate number, we need to narrow in on some physical School of Rock locations. Since I'm in Virginia, I went to the School of Rock locations page and found four places that were somewhat close to where I live:
As you can see from the screenshot, each location listed has a LOCAL SITE button next to the city name and address. This will take you to a locations page for that particular site, which has a good deal of information on it, but still nothing about specific pricing.
What you'll need to do is scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see a phone number and informational email address. I emailed that address and just said that I was interested in guitar lessons and wanted to know what they charged.
After emailing three of these places I (disappointingly) only got one response. The response made a distinction between guitar lessons for adults and kids, as follows:
- Adult: $225 monthly for 45 minute lessons (one/week or four/month)
- Kids: Response stated "pricing varied" based on age and experience
This response was a little hard to understand and even a bit cryptic, so I'll try and unpack the details.
First, let's cover the obvious math.
At 45 minutes per lesson four times per month, that gets you 180 minutes or three hours per month (fifth weeks would be included without extra charge). Given the $225 monthly price, divide that number by three to get your hourly rate: $75
Now granted, this is just one example. However, it's consistent with the School of Rock cost estimation listed on the main page ($150 to $350). There's no way to deny that $75 an hour is extremely expensive for guitar lessons, especially given the digital options out there.
Given the $225 monthly price, divide that number by three to get your hourly rate: $75
I'm not saying it isn't worth it, because I know that School of Rock is a good program. But it's definitely on the higher-end of your pricing options.
Have you tried School of Rock lessons?
Again, this is not meant to comment on the value of School of Rock lessons or whether the pricing is justified.
Personally, I've never took lessons or taught at School of Rock, so I can't really speak to that.
If you've taken lessons at School of Rock or served there as an instructor, we'd love to hear your two cents in the comments section below. Did you like it? Was it a good environment? Do you know what the typical guitar lesson cost was for your location?
Feel free to share your war story.
Additional Guitar Lesson Resources
Before we go, here are some additional guitar lesson and teaching resources that you might find helpful:
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