Why such crazy pricing for lessons!!!!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Tarter_trpt8, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. loweredsixth

    loweredsixth Pianissimo User

    Mar 11, 2005
    Fresno, California, USA
    I wouldn't mind paying $100+ for an hour lesson as long as there was something very specific I needed from that lesson.

    Paying $100+ just to ask someone what warm up routine they use and then spending the rest of the time reading through duets is a waste of money.

    But, like Manny said, if you really need help and paying someone $100+ to get that help is worth it.

    All that aside, I might actually spend $100 just to hang out with some musicans (Wynton, Schlueter, Manny, Marcus Roberts, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Tain, Branford, etc.) That would be worth it to me!

    Joe Lewis
  2. PH

    PH Mezzo Piano User

    Dec 2, 2003
    Bloomington, Indiana
    I don't know. I think it would be worth $100 to play duets with Phil Smith for an hour. I'd probably learn more than I could tell you.

    ROGERIO Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 30, 2004
    Hey, you guys may be on to something here... ;-)

    Phil Smith, Manny, etc etc...

    ... sit in a recording studio... you pay to come in a play the second trumpet part to [ insert music here ] with a prerecorded orchestra background... you write the check and leave with a recording of YOU (yes you!) playing with [ insert trumpet hero's name here ].

    I'd say that would be worth ... ahhh, at the very least $500 - $1,000! :-)

  4. TrentAustin

    TrentAustin Fortissimo User

    Oct 28, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Part of the joy taking lessons with Charlie Banacos is that we get to play (he's a piano player and an original inspiration of my duo CD project) each lesson. What a joy!



    PS: I can still remember my lesson with Ed Carroll when we were working on Pictures and he demonstrated volume levels on the Great Gate. I have chills thinking about it and still teach extreme volume to my students with his model in my mind! These moments of joy in our lessons are priceless in my opinion.
  5. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    Dear ML,

    Mary Pickford ??
  6. PH

    PH Mezzo Piano User

    Dec 2, 2003
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Many years ago when I was a young jazz wannabe who had recently moved to New York I had some friends who had a brilliant idea. They played bass, drums, and sax. If 4 or 5 of us kick in $50 each (the cost of a lesson with an NYC master teacher in 1977) we could pay Cedar Walton or Steve Grossman or Billy Hart or Buster Williams $200-250 to come over and jam with us for 3 or 4 hours. It would pay as much as a gig for them and we could learn what it would feel like to play with a true master.

    I can't recommend this highly enough...IF you are musically ready for the challenge.
  7. Tarter_trpt8

    Tarter_trpt8 Pianissimo User

    Jan 17, 2005
    St. Paul, MN
    Ok, some of you aren't making valid points. What I said in the beggining in my questions was, "What's the point of charging so much money for a lesson when all a teacher does is relay the messege of what he/she learns." Yeah you could charge 100 dollars an hour, yeah Arnold Jacob's could charge 100 dollars per lesson and change your career but was it necessary to charge that much? Was the money they charged crucial in what they taught you guys??
    Some of you said that a teacher keeps his rates high enough to keep the non hardworkers out of the studio. Well you could give a person a lesson and see how they play and if they show potential and responsivness to what you are teaching them, then keep them, if not, boot em. You can make that choice. That is what happened to me down in Dallas Texas. I had a lesson with Tom Booth my freshman year who teaches at SMU and it was basically an audition to see if I was qualified to take up his time in teaching me. I ended up taking lessons with him for 50 dollars an hour and got tons better. I just personally think charging so much is unnecessary despite the knowledge and experience a teacher might have...
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Forte User

    Oct 21, 2003

    Teachers charge what you think is an exorbitant amount because they can. People are willing to pay it. These are people who are at the very top of their profession and they deserve what they get. You bring up a point that they are only passing on what they have learned. Maybe so. How much did they have to dish out for that knowledge in terms of $ and sacrifice on their part?

    I have a BM and MM from a school of music and I have some parents balking at $20 - $25 a half an hour for jrs. lessons... while they are charging $250 an hour to give someone legal advice. :dontknow:

    I have Ms. Sallie May busting down my door every month asking for a student loan payment and that will be going on for a while. I spent a bunch of money to learn what I know and I'm going to charge people for it. These people deserve what they get.
  9. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

    Oct 24, 2003
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  10. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    So basically you are a socialist

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