Jump to content
How much would you pay for music lessons?
33 replies to this topic
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.
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.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:23 PM
I pay $35 a half hour lesson for both saxophone and guitar. That is in Sydney.
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
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
Edited by Mumsyto2, 22 January 2013 - 04:32 PM.
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.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:44 PM
We pay three different instrumenal teachers - all charge $30 per half hour lesson
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.
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..... )
Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:26 PM
$35 for a half hour ( in sydney and the teacher comes to the house)
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.
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
Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:14 PM
We pay $50 an hour for violin lessons, it's a bargain because the teacher is incredible!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.
To celebrate the release of Love Child Season 2 on DVD from July 9, Essential Baby and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving away Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD to 13 lucky winners.
I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.
Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.
Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"
In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.
No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.
Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.
For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.
The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.
An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.
"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."
In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".
Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.
The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.
Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.
For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".
She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.
Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.
My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person
The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.
Top 5 Articles
Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.
A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.
Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.
Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.
The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.
It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.
Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.
From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.
"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."
Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.
When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.
Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.
Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.
One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.
Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.
This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.
My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.
From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.
While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.
Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.
A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.
Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".
Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.