Meri’s Musical Musings

Some Perils of Low Private Music Lesson Fees

Posted on: April 25, 2009

-A teacher teaching 20 students at $50 an hour is making the same amount of money as a teacher who teaches 40 students at $25 an hour. But the teacher who teaches half as many students is able to provide more individual attention because they are devoting their energies to fewer students!

-Going to study music is expensive. And many students use loans to pay for the education. But with low fees, it will take longer to pay back those loans!

-People don’t take you seriously. When I first started teaching, I would accept just about anyone, even when students or parents negotiated my lesson fees. However, I have found, and this is also the experience of many teachers, is that when you charge moderate or high fees, parents and students tend to practice more because they are investing more money into their musical education! This usually results in better students, which further increase the reputation of the teacher, allowing the teacher to charge high fees.

-Look at the kinds of people who are usually willing to invest in quality lessons. They are also the same people who look for someone who does quality work, or they will invest in quality consumable goods. It’s usually upper middle to upper class individuals who are willing to spend good money on having the job done right!

-low fees mean private music teachers can’t invest in continuing education, enrichment activities, new teaching materials or additional tools to assist students in the learning of an instrument. Teachers with moderate or high fees are able to attend music teacher seminars, workshops, and conferences. Such teachers may also offer enrichment activities such as student recitals or rhythmic training. Private music teachers who have studios that incorporate tools such as a grand piano, digital camcorder, digital camera, digital recorder, music software, or a music composition lab are almost never studios which have low fees—many of them charge moderately high to high fees for lessons.  What the students experience in such studios, however, is much more likely to amount to a great deal of student enjoyment and a comprehensive musical education—which a teacher who charges low fees is unable to offer.

The teachers with moderate to high lesson fees are able to offer excellent value for the money. Not only am I a teacher who consistently produces students with marks in the high 80s or 90s on exams, but I also teach music theory, sight reading, ear training, rhythmic training, but I also own many tools which I use in my studio, which include, but are not limited to, a digital recorder, a digital camera, music notation software, a MIDI-capable keyboard, pedagogy texts and magazines, and a set of rhythm instruments.

Charging low fees for lessons means there is less money to pay for basic needs. Where I live, a typical apartments costs about $1000 a month to rent, and it’s difficult to purchase a house for less than $200 000.


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