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.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."
When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.
As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.
To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!
A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.
Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.
Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.
A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.
I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too
Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.
A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.
When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.
It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.
It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.
When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.
Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.
In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.
It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.
Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.
A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.
When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.
Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.
Top 5 Articles
Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.
H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.
So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?
Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.
I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.
People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.
Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.
There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.
Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.
The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.
In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.
If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.
While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.
One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.
Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.
It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'
Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.