What goes into Monthly Tuition
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Jacqueline Savage | Studio Policy
Published: Aug 1, 2015 | Category: Jacqui's Piano Studio News
Where Does Tuition Go?
*From Wendy Stevens ComposeCreate.com
- 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, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, 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. Membership with the Maine Music Teachers Association is 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 new teaching materials and trends.
- Studio expenses
Copying, computer software, incentive programs, maintaining the piano, tunings, repairs, cleanings, and also newsletters.
- Music books and CDs
Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
- Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
The independent music teacher 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 independent music teachers pay to be re-certified every five 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 students