Angie's List: Saving on music & dance lessons

Learn something new without breaking the bank

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - No matter your age, instructors say lessons are a great way to challenge yourself, have fun and meet new people. The cost for lessons can add up quickly so research your options before investing too much.

“Whether it’s yourself or your kids looking to take up a new hobby, the best bet is to make sure you actually like the hobby before you invest too much into it,” said Angie’s List Angie Hicks. “Try some trial classes; rent your equipment instead of buying it so you can find out it’s the right investment so you don’t end up spending a ton of money.”

When picking an instructor, ask to look over their credentials and be clear about what you what to accomplish. In general, a good time to introduce a child to an instrument, such as a piano, is age 5 or 6. At age 7 or 8, children's hands are bigger and they have more respiratory power. This can be a good age to start a wind or brass instrument.

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