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#1 ~polly~

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:11 PM

I am planning on starting a home business teaching flute to beginners but I'm not sure how much to charge. Is $30 for 30 minutes reasonable / too high or low?  What do you currently pay for private music lessons?
I am considering offering the first lesson free and/or satisfaction guarentee with a refund for the first month of lesson if they are not happy.

I have  AMusA diploma and can prepare students for AMEB exams or playing just for fun.  I can also play piano so could accompany students.

Since I work I would only be able to conduct lessons after 6pm Mon to Thur, anytime Friday and possibly Saturday mornings.  Does this provide enough flexibility?  I would like to avoid Saturdays if I can.

I'm interested in any advice.


#2 CallMeFeral

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:16 PM

That price sounds ballpark I think.
I have paid between $60 and $85 per hour for singing lessons.

Edited by CallMeAliG, 22 January 2013 - 04:17 PM.

#3 capper

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

I pay $35 a half hour lesson for both saxophone and guitar.  That is in Sydney.

#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

I pay slightly less for flute, clarinet, trumpet and piano lessons -  $21-$25. But I am aware that I'm getting it cheap original.gif

#5 Mumsyto2

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

We are on a good wicket. $120 per school term per child for piano (plus music theory books plus new practice books as required). 1hr session once a week and if child misses a lesson due to illness or whatever then too bad, they don't get a make up lesson at another time & no refund for that lesson all of which I feel is fair. She gives homework (theory & practice), amount dependant upon childs age and ability. She only does weekdays before or after school, no weekend or school holidays - she has high school age kids herself so probably needs weekends and holidays to run around after them.

I'm pretty sure the teacher does not have any quals (not sure but I am assuming) but for that price I don't care. I know some of her students do exams (you can elect to do this) and they pay the same lesson prices as we do. Twice a year she hires the local school hall and all of her students perform a piece for the parents.

I'm sure there are probably much better teachers out there whose kids are complete prodigies but for what we want out of it for the kids we are happy with her - especially for the price  biggrin.gif

Edited by Mumsyto2, 22 January 2013 - 04:32 PM.

#6 RainyDays

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

That sounds reasonable to me.

#7 sparassidae

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

We have paid between $30 and $40 for 1/2 hr piano, trumpet, trombone. So your price sounds fine.

#8 barrington

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

We pay three different instrumenal teachers - all charge $30 per half hour lesson

#9 jakc_

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

I pay $30 per 30 mins per week for guitar lessons

#10 adnama

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

I was paying $15 for $15 minutes last year for guitar

#11 Kafkaesque

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

I paid $120 per month for a thirty hour singing lesson each week. If there were 5 weeks in a month we got a bonus.

#12 HRH Countrymel

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

I just paid $25.50 for 1/2 an hour!

(I think I might have a little crush on my teacher too..... )

#13 marple

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

$35 for a half hour ( in sydney and the teacher comes to the house)

#14 Shellby

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Its $27 for 30 minutes here for saxophone.

Not sure about only after 6pm, for primary kids that is pretty late - they may just had dinner or about to, then come home and get ready for bed - we tend to avoid anything after 5pm for something regular - currently his lesson is 3:45pm - they tend to do adults after 6pm at our music school.

#15 kerilyntaryn

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Depends on what other teachers are charging in the area - I have to charge less than what is recommended due to what others are charging

#16 leisamd

Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

We pay $50 an hour for violin lessons, it's a bargain because the teacher is incredible!

#17 Canberra Chick

Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

We pay $32 a half hour. This includes the exercise book t record practice and progress, but obviously not the actual music books. I think this is a fair price. DS's piano teacher is amazing and has really brought him along in the past year. Oh and she gives us hell if he has long fingernails!  blush.gif

#18 hamire

Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

Which state are you in? In Victoria there is the VMTA website which has recommended rates there. Just check with whatever state you are in that you aren't required to be registered to teach.

I think between $30-40 per half hour is reasonable. If you are teaching from home, therefore don't need to travel, I would consider being at the lower end. However if you are relatively new to teaching, then I would say $25-28 per half hour. You may have the ability to play your instrument well, but that doesn't always mean that you will be a fantastic teacher straight away. I wouldn't want to be paying top price for a beginner teacher. Please don't take offence to that - I just think that your fees should reflect your teaching experience.

Good luck original.gif

#19 Jellybean900

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

Violin - $45 for 30 minutes in Sydney

#20 unicorn

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

$50 an hour for drums. My piano teacher when I was a youngun used to charge a donation, she was very talented and rather flamboyant, I remember her looking something like Barbara Cartland, but an orange version.

#21 mindy05

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

My DD has drum lessons at a music store with studios out the back and pays $28 per half hour. Her current teacher is a student, I believe, but has also played drums for an up and coming Aussie rock band and seems to be teaching DD a lot.
DS's piano teacher charges $30 per half hour. She has just completed her masters in Ed, taught DS Kindermusik when he was at kinder, and is brilliant.
I agree with a PP that after 6 is quite late to be taking littlies to a music lesson midweek, and you may need to seriously think about offering Saturday lessons.

#22 kerilyntaryn

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

The going rate according to the Music Association is

Recommended 2013 Minimum Tuition Fees for a Private Studio Music Teacher:

Professional Member:    $65 (plus BST, if applicable) per hour
(A Professional Member has performance and pedagogy qualifications in their chosen instrument(s) and/or at least five years of teaching experience attested to by student results in examinations or eisteddfods.)

Associate Member:   $55 (plus GST, if applicable) per hour
(An Associate Member is working towards Professional Membership - e.g. has performance qualifications and needs to gain the appropriate pedagogy qualificiations, or is still accumulating student results.)

Student Member:    $45 (plus GST, if applicable) per hour
(A Student Member is enrolled in full- or part-time study towards any of the Professional Member qualifications.)

Recommended Minimum Group Lesson Fee:

$90 per hour (to be divided between the students in the group - e.g. $45 each for two students, $30 each for three students etc.)

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 23 January 2013 - 10:12 AM.

#23 kerilyntaryn

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

I am considering offering the first lesson free and/or satisfaction guarentee with a refund for the first month of lesson if they are not happy -  I wouldn't - kids change their mind a lot so do their parents,  they need to pay for your time and service

I think after 6 will cut out most of your students

#24 treetree

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Sounds okay to me. We pay similar.

We also have an after 6 lesson. We actually chose that time because it fit in perfectly with other activities on the same day. I think after 6 is still okay for many. Sometimes it's easier than the 4/4.30 times, which are such a rush after school.

#25 Expelliarmus

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

That's a really good point, Quill. We're really not the people to be asking the question.

FTR my children are taught by a private teacher at school and because the teacher can group students/access a large number of students and gets a stipend from the school to run the band, I think it costs significantly less. I'm very lucky that the school pretty much subsidises the woodwind and brass teacher (who quite frankly is amazing as she also plays keyboard, percussion and strings in addition to conducting!) but would expect to pay more if I was accessing private lessons out hours  in the manner of the OP.

Edited by howdo, 23 January 2013 - 12:32 PM.

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