Meri’s Musical Musings

The Human(e) costs of cut rate music lessons

Posted on: October 12, 2015

  1. The teacher needs to take more students meaning each student gets less individual attention
  2. The teacher has to take lower quality students to make ends meet
  3. The teacher often cannot afford to upgrade their instruments, some are only playing non-professional quality instruments because that’s all they can afford
  4. The teacher cannot even afford necessary upgrades in computer equipment
  5. The teacher can barely afford to live where they do
  6. The teacher cannot afford to offer scholarships to deserving students
  7. The teacher cannot afford to maintain the instruments they have at a high level
  8. The teacher may not be able to pick up music for you
  9. The teacher cannot afford to put even a basic student recital (because recital venues are often pricey)
  10. The teacher cannot afford to make Cds and DVDs for students who need them (often are for students heading off to college/conservatory study after high school)
  11. The teacher cannot afford gifts for student’s birthdays and other events, and sometimes not even for friends or relatives either.
  12. The teacher cannot afford nice extras that other studios don’t have, or they have to charge extra fees for, such as an on-site accompanist.
  13. The teacher cannot afford to keep a supply of books and other supplies on hand for new students or when students are moving to the next level.
  14. The teacher cannot afford to be part of musician’s and music teacher associations, which often have tools to enhance student learning
  15. The teacher cannot afford to travel for special events for teachers or musicians, or if they do, either for a reduced number of days or an extremely restricted budget, which often have great ideas to enhance student learning.
  16. The teacher cannot afford to upgrade their own qualifications, especially if they are still a student themselves and are striving to join the professional ranks of teachers.
  17. The teacher may not be able to maintain their home in acceptable condition for teaching
  18. The teacher may not be able to pay for insurance of various kinds, especially health and dental if they don’t get it from another source of income
  19. The teacher cannot offer a package that includes most if not all materials, and have to charge extra fees for.
  20. The teacher may not be able to afford a vehicle if they live in an area where they need one, or only are able to maintain it below recommended standard.
  21. The teacher may not be able to afford paying regular bills, and may not even have internet or satellite TV, let alone WIFI, which even internet would enhance many teacher’s way of teaching.
  22. The teacher usually cannot afford to provide concert tickets for special events for students to inspire them to encourage them to practice and strive for the highest standards.
  23. The teacher may not be able to afford to pay off their own loans on low lesson fees.
  24. The teacher may not be able to save for a down payment on a house, especially in expensive parts of the world.
  25. The teacher may not be able to afford necessary software upgrades.

In the end, the students lose when students or parents want to pay low fees for lessons!

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  • V V: Wish I had read this before I fell for their scheme ! Oh well - have posted my experience on Yelp and N49 and hoping others can avoid the pain of fal
  • clariniano: Thanks for the additional information. It was actually Yelp that deleted my reviews, because of so-called bias. I too have seen the horrible technique
  • No Thanks: Former Teacher at the Ontario Conservatory of Music I took lessons at the Ontario Conservatory and when I left for private lessons from another tea
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