Where Does My Tuition Go?

Congratulations on choosing to participate in music lessons!  Music has been found to enrich the lives of all who participate in its creation or in its enjoyment.  When you choose to take music lessons, you are choosing to learn a skill that will benefit you and bring you joy your entire lifetime!  No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music.  Yet, obtaining the skill will certainly require assistance from a professional- that’s me!

I have chosen to make music my business and my occupation.  As with any business, costs are calculated to both ensure that the highest quality product or service is given or provided and that the business makes enough profit to continue providing these services.

So what does my yearly tuition cover?

All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation.  However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:

Time spent with the student- Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
Time spent in preparation for the student-  Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc.  It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in a music lesson, you are investing in at least 2 hours of  the teachers’ time!
Your teacher’s training and experience
Recital costs and preparations- Programs, refreshments, facility rental.
Professional organization memberships- Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
Professional journals- Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on the new teaching materials and trends.
Studio expenses- Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tuning, repairs, newsletters.
Music books and CDs- Materials purchased by the teacher keep costs low for students.
Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement- The IMT has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds.  Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
Continuing education- Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
Certification costs- Professional IMTs pay to be re-certified every 5 years provided they have met all the continuing education and studio requirements.  This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.
Book and music club memberships- This enables many discounts to be passed to the students.

How do I know if music lessons are worth the price?

Shop around!  Not every teacher is right for every student.  You will want to be sure that your music teacher provides the things that are important to you as well as the things that are important to student’s musical developments.

Start by interviewing several music teachers to learn more about their:
Education
Goals and Expectations
Philosophies of music education
Teaching experience
Curriculum
Studio Policy

Above all, find out how they demonstrate commitment to excellence in music education.  No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music, but by investing in your/your child’s music education, you can provide them with a skill they will enjoy for a lifetime!

Can you help me choose a music teacher?

Absolutely!  We want to ensure that every child receives instruction that best aligns with their unique capabilities and temperament.  Head over here for a wonderfully informative infographic that will help you in your decision-making process.

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