LESSON FEES
Comprehensive evaluations of private lesson fees (violin, viola, piano), worldwide


Survey, 2009: QuestionsResponses
Survey, 2007: QuestionsResponsesData



Questions - 2009
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher?

  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years?

  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)?

  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)?


Responses - 2009

note74C.M. Sunday: My fees are slightly lower than average, I think. I raised them a little over two years ago, but have no plans to raise them for a year or two, I think probably. I'm retired and don't really need the income.
note74Violin teacher in Santa Paula, CA:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? Not enough data for Fort Worth Texas. One data point and I am the same. higher
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? No
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? No
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? No

note74Viola/Violin teacher in Fort Worth:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? Not enough data for Fort Worth Texas. One data point and I am the same. Higher than national average by about $10/hour
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? No
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? Have raised them once.
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? No

note74Viola/Violin teacher in South Hadley, MA:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? I'm about $10 lower than comparable competition
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? No
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? No
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? No

note74Piano teacher in Massachusetts:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? higher
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? y
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? y
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? y

note74Piano, guitar, voice, and flute teacher in Atlanta, GA:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? I am lower than the average in my community.
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? No.
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? Usually I do raise my rates about every two years.
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? Yes, I have already let my parents know that tuition will be higher. I've had no problems.

note74Piano Teacher in Maple Grove, MN:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? Average to High
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? Yes
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? My fees increase a small amount each year, on average.
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? 30 minute lesson will increase by $2 per month, 45 and 60 minute lessons will stay the same.

note74Violin teacher in Riverside County, CA:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher?
    I started out a tad lower, but only a tad. Due to the economy, I reducted my prices. For a couple of months, I was quite a bit lower. However, because the economy has continued it's downturn at the local level, many of the much more experienced techers in the area have dropped their prices to half what they were charging!
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years?
    I'm a new teacher and have been teaching for only a year. But depending on the economy, I plan to raise the rate.
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? See above.
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? No way

note74Piano teacher in Petersburg, Alaska:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? average
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? no
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? no
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? no

note74Violin/Viola teacher in Milwaukee, WI:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher?
    Fees around here (Milwaukee, WI) "average" from general private teacher to private teacher (between $15-20 1/2 hr). However there are still performing professionals who charge between $25-35 1/2 hr or $50-70 1 hr. I charge $17 1/2 but also offer 45 min and 1 hr lessons.
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years?
    Since I have graduated with a BME degree and Performers Certificate and moved back to a larger arts community, I have raise my fee a couple of dollars..
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)?
    I only raise the fees if/when appropriate (if I have more certification in an area or live in a different location).
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)?
    Not this year, but after my Masters program is finished I will. I offer discounted rates to those who request--music should be available to all.

note74Piano teacher in Goodyear, Arizona:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher?
    Average to slightly higher
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years?
    Raised mine two years ago.
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)?
    About every 2-3 years
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)?
    No, but am planning on next year.

    I'm #14 by the way on your last survey. Changes to that information are:
    Arizona, one hour per week private or rotating lessons and quarterly group lessons in lieu of regular instruction that week. Year round, and I offer workshops during December and summer. Paid monthly- no makeup's or refunds. $80.00 a month for hour rotating (small group); $160.00 for hour private.

note74Piano teacher in Olympia, WA:
  1. How do you stand with respect to the fees charged in your community: lower than average, average, or higher? Higher, I think.
  2. Have your fees gone up in the last two years? Yes, I adjust upward each summer
  3. Do you regularly raise your fees (say, every year or so)? Yes, I adjust upward each summer
  4. Are you planning on raising your fees this year (during this economic downturn)? Yes, I adjust upward each summer


Questions - 2007
  1. Your location: If in the US, please indicate part of the country: Western, Northwestern, Southwestern, Mountain, Central, South, or Eastern. Please include the city as well, if you feel like sharing that. If not in the US, please specify country and city. Survey is for both teachers and students.

  2. Length and frequency of lesson: Is lesson 1/2 hour to one hour per week (or more?)

  3. Are lessons year 'round or are there lengthy summer or other breaks?

  4. Are fees paid per lesson, monthly, or some other payment arrangement?

  5. Cost of lesson?

Responses - 2007
  1. West Texas. Weekly 1/2 hour lesson, $60/month. One hour lesson/week at $100. Lessons year round, students not charged if they take 2-6 week break in summer (some students going to China, India, etc.) Family rates with slight discounts. No makeup without 24 hour notice, changing to: no makeup, period, unless scheduled two weeks in advance.

  2. Toronto, Ontario. Weekly 45 minute lessons, $35 CDN/week. Paid on a term basis (~3 month terms), breaks arranged in advance, and a lot of the kids take the summer term off. This is also pretty typical of the other schools I contacted. My husband pays about the same to a private instructor, but pays by month.

  3. I'm a cello student; in the Northeast, Connecticut more specifically. $50.00 per lesson. 1 hr lesson almost always runs over. All year. I pay monthly in advance.

  4. U.S. 1/2 hour per week individual lesson. $60.00 per month (5th week every 3rd month is free--but no makeups or credits). I own Piano Parlor in Greenwood, Indiana. We sell method books, and other piano sheet music as well as used pianos. I do most of the teaching myself.

  5. Chicago, IL (Central). 1 hour/week. Breaks only as I need (I'm an adult, working full time and was going to school part time). Per lesson, at the time of the lesson. And he charges too little. $40/hour. Not only has he revolutionized my playing, but he taught Solti's kids violin!

  6. Toronto, Canada. $40.00 per hour-- Cdn, paid at time of lesson. Lessons given all year/ no set break period.

  7. Location: The Netherlands, village in the river area. Lessons 1/2 hour; for most students weekly, but others make appointments for either every fortnight, or whenever they wish. Lessons can be year-round, with a two-week break around Christmas. Many take a break in the holiday season, which is 6 weeks in July/August. If I'm home and students are home, they can take lessons. Because of other duties, I may be absent some weeks in winter, but that was never a problem. Fees are mostly paid per lesson (12 Euro=15.30US). That makes it easy when student or teacher is absent, and we can be flexible. There is an option for a monthly payment of 40 Euro (51US), in which case there is no restitution in case of a missed lesson through absence or illness. Only two students have chosen this option.

    Then secondly, I take lessons myself, at conservatory level. Location: the Netherlands (near Utrecht). Length: went down recently from 1 hr to 3/4 hour. Frequency: depending on how busy we are, approximately monthly (sometimes 3 weekly, sometimes with longer breaks). Fees (paid) per lesson: 30 Euro (38.23US) (was 35 Euro per hour).

  8. Midwest: Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee County) and Menomonee Falls, WI (Waukesha County). 1/2 to 1 hour once/ week, year round. $15/ half hour for students that have been around for awhile, by week or month. New summer session students pay $50 at the time of sign up and $100 is due at the first lesson for 10 weeks of lessons (12 weeks also available) $16/ half hour for students that have been around for more than 6 months and $17/ half hour for new(er) students by the month unless the family requests otherwise with a good reason. I am raising everyone to $17 in Sept.

  9. My teacher charges £12.50 (23US) per half hour but is *very* generous with extra time if the next student can't make it or is late. We are in Hastings, East Sussex, UK.

  10. Seattle, WA USA. Weekly lessons, nominally an hour, but she usually lets me go after about 85 minutes. Year 'round with breaks to accomodate my job. (I'm an adult amateur). Fees paid monthly. She charges $45/lesson, but she lets me pay her $60, since the lessons are always longer, and she's a treasure.

  11. San Antonio TX (is that southwestern? I think TX is probably really it's own region...) Typically 1/2 hr per week. less than 15% take 45 min - 1 hour per week. 2 weeks off at Christmas. One week each in the spring, summer, and fall. $88/month for 1/2 hr per week, paid monthly.

  12. Brockville, Ontario, Canada. Lesson rates are $16.00 per half hour lesson (14US). Beginning students have a half hour lesson, Grade 1-5 students have a 45 minutes lesson, Grade 6 - 8 students have a one hour lesson. Payments is by post-dated cheque. Ten cheques are due September 1 for September through June. Most students take July and August off. A few (2-5 students)continue over the summer.

  13. Tucson, Arizona. I give hour lessons ($35 U.S.), 45 min. lessons ($30) and 30 min. lessons ($25). These are all once a week lessons. I do not at this time give group lessons as I don't have enough young students who are in the same books, but I'm considering trying it this Fall. I teach usually only from September to May. I try to get out of Tucson in the summer as it is beastly hot and most of my students take long breaks anyway. The Opera company I play with also does not have a summer season. I take about 2 weeks at Christmas, but will continue teaching if I am in town and someone wants a lesson. I try to get people to pay by the semester. That way, when they call and cancel (which seems to be chronic with some families), I have been paid and we can reschedule the lesson. I do not refund any money for lessons they have missed. I do refund money if I have had to cancel some lessons and we can't schedule a makeup time. I do have some families who cannot afford to pay by the semester, but I try to make it very clear that they are obligated to the entire semester as I save that lesson time for them. I have never found a really satisfactory way to deal with missed lessons and therefore missed payment.

  14. Arizona, one hour per week private or rotating lessons and monthly group lessons once a month in lieu of regular instruction that week. Year round, and I offer workshops during December and summer. Paid monthly- no makeup's or refunds. $75.00 a month for rotating; $150.00 for private.

  15. New England (southern New Hampshire). I teach mostly 1/2 hour lessons, once a week. While I take a week off now and again, my lessons go year-round with no lengthy breaks, and each student's time is theirs forever, until they need/want to change it or they quit. I do NOT schedule lessons on a term or semester basis. Lesson fees are paid monthly, at the first lesson of the month. I do makeups only if I receive 24-hour advance notice and there is a mutually open time within the next week. Otherwise that missed lesson is forfeit. My wife and I charge $80/month for each 1/2-hour slot. I never had students asking for more than 1/2 hour lessons, but my wife (violin and piano) often has them taking 45 minutes or full hour lessons, so her 45-minute lessons are $120/month and the hour-long lessons are $160/month.$40/hour

  16. I am in Orange County, Southern California. I give weekly lessons at $20 / half hour. I am taking weekly lessons at $72 / hour.

  17. Taipei Taiwan. 1 hr, mostly students from schools. They pay directly to the school during the school year but pay the teacher during summer/winter breaks, per lesson. $2000/Hr. (NTD) (approx $60 USD)

  18. Kenosha County, Wisconsin, and Lake/Cook Counties, Illinois. This is a metro area, but includes both cities and farms. Length: All kinds: half, 3/4, and 1-hour lessons. Some do half-hour every other week, some do an hour twice a week. Most do half-hour weekly. When: Yes to both year-round and to lengthy summer breaks. Payments: Both monthly and weekly. Cost per hour: ranges from $25 to $40, depending on which location I'm teaching in. I drive to several homes, have one student come to mine, and also have two separate studios besides.

  19. Seattle, Washington area, private lessons. I take a 1 hour lesson once a week all year round. I pay her monthly - fee is $20 a lesson.

  20. Southern California. Weekly 45 min. lessons, $25.00/week. Lesson are year round. No make-up without 24 hr. notice.

  21. South Central, Paducah, KY. 1/2 hour a week, year round, with about 60% continuing through june and july. Paid monthly, number of lessons divided by 10 makes one payment of the same amount due each month.

  22. Outside Portland, Maine. Most are 1/2 hour-several are 1 hour. Lessons are regular during the school year with vacations coinciding with school breaks. I offer 2 'packages' for the summer...3 hours or 5 hours over the 10 week period. Fees are paid per month. No fee for the first 2 weeks in June since it is covered in the monthly fee of December when I take off for 2 weeks for Christmas vacation. I charge $17 per half hour, $34 per hour, $90 for the 3 hour summer package, and $150 for the 5 hour summer packgage. No refunds.

  23. I am in San Diego, CA (desert southwest). I go once a week, 1 hour per lesson, most times, unles she is performing out of town. Year round. They are supposed to be paid monthly, however I have been payign weekly. This was an experiment and I wasn't sure -- I am sure now however, and we just never got more formal than that. $35 per hour.

  24. Wichita, Kansas. 45 minute private lesson/week plus 1.5 hour group class/month. Lessons offered September through July. Students may take a break in June and/or July, if desired. Flat monthly rate paid each month regardless of the number of lessons that month. $75/month.

  25. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 30 min., 45 min. per week Lesson 42 weeks of the year. Vacation for 1 week for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks for Christmas, the month of August. Yearly fee = cost of lesson x 42 divided in 9 payments payable., Sept. to May. If paid every by trimester there is a 2% discount. $56 per hour this year. Every year I raise for about 5%.

  26. San Francisco Bay Area (South Bay). Weekly lessons in 30, 45, or 60 min. slots. Year-round lessons. I take a couple of weeks in the summer, and students are allowed a couple of weeks in addition if they have vacation plans. Fees billed quarterly and either paid quarterly or monthly (1/3 of quarter per month). $45/hr, mathematically divided: $33.75/45 min.; $22.50/30 min.

  27. Western (Sacramento, California). 1/2 hour once a week. 10 months out of the year (off January and July) plus 2 weeks in Dec, 1 week spring recess, and 1 week Thanksgiving recess. Fees paid monthly. $65/month, 10 months, 40 lessons in all = $16.25 per lesson.

  28. Northeastern NJ (near New York City). 1 hour, once a week, all year round. Cash on the barrel head, each lesson. I pay $40/hour, which is very reasonable for around here. My teache regular rates are $45 for one hour, $40 for 45 minutes and $30 for 1/2 hour. I get a break because she's very sweet and I'm very pathetic :-)

  29. West Bloomfield, Michigan. My daughter's cello lesson is a 1/2 hour lesson, once a week and is $25.00. Usually goes over time if there is no student waiting. The teacher had a waiting list, so we waited about a year. Her teacher is a public school teacher and teaches lessons in her home in the evening during the school year (Sept-June). As long as we give adequate notice, we are not charged for missed lessons. Lessons this summer are a little more flexible and have varied during the week. My son's trumpet teacher charges $50 a half hour. The teacher is a jazz performer. The lessons, typically, last close to 45 min. to 1 hour! He is taking lessons every other week this summer. Not sure what she'll do during the school year.

  30. Reston, VA (suburb of Washington DC). 30 min, 45 min, 1 hr; monthly group class and 2 recitals included in fee. July and August treated separately--teacher provides signup sheet, students sign up for available slots at $60/hr. Payable monthly. 30 min = $120/mo; 45 min = $171/mo; 60 min = $204/mo.

  31. Southwestern (Dallas, TX). Depends on the needs and desire of the student and parents. Hour lessons are preferred, in reality it's about 50-50. Multiple lessons per week are available and some students will double up before auditions, solo competitions, and the like. Year-round for those students who wish to make progress. There is a dropoff during the three-month summer break from school and at Christmas. About 60% of students study in the summer. Most students pay per lesson. 24-hour cancellation notice required or lesson fee is forfeit. $17/half hour, $34/hour. You forgot to ask for the level of student; my experience is that fees increase as the student progresses into college and beyond. These are middle school and high school students.

  32. Northern NJ, (East Coast USA). A combination of violin and viola lessons (he plays violin for 1 hour, viola for 1/2 hour). Weekly, usually year round. $75 for 1.5 hours, but the rate is higher for new students ($60/hr, $90/1.5 hours). Fee paid per lesson, by check or cash. This is for lessons for a 16 year old, who is all-state level on viola. We also pay $40 for theory/composition lessons, but that is a "gift" rate (the teacher usually charges much more.)

  33. I teach in Lexington, KY. My lessons are weekly 1/2 hour private lessons. I schedule my more advanced students toward the end of the teaching rotation and they often go over (40-45 minutes). I teach year round with the option of lessons during July and August. My entire studio normally takes throughout the summer with a missed lesson here and there for vacations. As of yet, I've not set a standard payment schedule. Most of my students pay weekly, while some write a check for the month. I've been very fortunate that I've not had any problems with parents not paying on time. My lessons are $15 for 1/2 hour lesson.

  34. Fairbanks, Alaska. I teach weekly 1/2 hour or hour lessons depending on age or experience (high school kids usually get an hour, younger or new, 1/2 hour.) Lessons are during the school year. I teach occasionally during the summer but usually only for special instances such as prep for auditions. $15/$30 per lesson, monthly up front, lesson by lesson in the summer. However, I'm giving myself a raise to $20/$40 this fall, due it being my five year mark for teaching. I am also taking lessons at the university for $60 a lesson (one hour, weekly).

  35. Fort Worth, TX. $25 per 30 minutes (often extending to 45). $20/$50 per hour. Within the last five years I also taught in Denver, CO and Brooklyn, NY and my fee was the same. Most students take 30 minute lessons. More advanced students take an hour. Year round with one break per semester (1 week in December, 1 week spring break, 1 week in August). If I go on a long vacation I find a substitute to take my students while I'm gone. Students are required to pay for the full month at the first lesson of the month. Or, if they choose to pay for a full semester (about 3 months), then they get one free lesson.

  36. California. Medium size town near San Francisco. 30 minutes, year round, 3-4 lessons per month depending on schedules. Paid monthly, $35 per lesson.

  37. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Lessons range from 1/2 hr - 45 min - 1 hr per week. There are 39 weeks in a school year. We take 2 weeks Christmas breaks, 1 week spring break, Easter break, and 2 months summer break. Some teachers do teach in the summer. Fees are generally paid in advance either monthly or in 3 instalments. The cost is $41.00 CDN per hr this year.

  38. Weekly 45 minute lesson in Richmond, Va for $35.

  39. Collierville, TN. (slightly upscale suburb of Memphis). 1/2 hour, weekly (Unless more advanced student). I charge $20/lesson, year round, paid monthly at the 1st lesson of the month.

  40. My studio is in the Southwest US. Tuition is due in advance, at the first lesson of the month. I charge $15/30 minute weekly lesson, $20/45 minute weekly lesson, and $15 per "music readiness" class (4 pre-twinklers, 45 minutes weekly, no private lessons). Group classes occur on Saturday mornings, and are "free of charge to students already enrolled in private lessons". (Does not apply to pre-twinklers). I generally take off about 6 weeks a year - 2 at Christmas/New year, 1 for Thanksgiving, 1 for a summer workshop, 1 for our annual family reunion, and sick days as needed (but I rarely need them). I charge per-lesson, so vacation days aren't covered per se, but if I budget my money it isn't a problem. Our local MTA chapter does a tuition survey like this each year. It's very helpful!

  41. I am located in Western North Carolina mountains. Weekly, nominally 1/2 hour per lesson, one lesson per week. Year 'round, but vacations in Summer and at Christmas. Monthly, in advance, credit for lessons canceled in advance. $15 per half hour lesson.

  42. Los Angeles, CA. Lesson is an hr a week. Lessons are year 'round. Fees paid per lesson, monthly, whatever is convenient for you. $20

  43. Southeastern Massachusetts (15 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island). Choice of 30 or 45 minute lessons once a week. Twice a week if preparing for school concert or other "extra" performance. Year round. Only breaks for days that holidays fall on, and 2 weeks in June. Fees paid per lesson, but considering going monthly for fall 2006. $17/30-minutes, $21/45-minutes.

  44. I charge $50.00 per month for 30 minutes private each week, Sept - April. An additional 15.00-20.00 for a Group theory class twice a month. I require 8 summer lessons to be taken at 115.00 for 30 minute lessons. I live in SD.

  45. I live in the Raleigh area of North Carolina - I charge $38 per hour and have a 36 week school year calendar plus a 6 week minimum in the summer. I have half of my studio (25 students) in group classes, which run during the school year and are an additional $7 per class. Fees are paid either by semester, or monthly; however, if families choose monthy lessons, I have them pre-date checks for each month and give the semester's worth of checks to me - that way I don't have to worry about collecting money every month and can focus on teaching!

  46. Philadelphia suburbs. 30 min. for beginners, 45 min. intermediate - advanced. School year (38 weeks) plus at least 4 lessons in summer to hold place for fall. Fees paid quarterly (2 1/2 months). $30 min. - $800/yr. 45 min. - $1140/yr. 60 min. (2 siblings) - $1520/yr. Summers extra - $21/lesson. Group lessons quarterly in place of individual lessons. This is piano, in case you're wondering.

  47. The Space Coast of Florida. Weekly 1/2 hour, year-round; students often take vacations. Paid Per Lesson. $15 half hour; parents often give me more.

  48. Ontario, Canada. All lessons are once a week, and include theory.
    Beginners to Grade 1 - 30 minutes;
    Grade 1 and 2 - 45 minutes;
    Grades 3 to 5 - 60 minutes;
    Grades 6 and 7 - 75 minutes;
    Grades 7 to 9 - 90 minutes.
    Lessons are offered in 3 sessions during the school year (September to December; January to March; April to June) and on a flexible basis during the summer (July and August). Lesson fees are payable at the beginning of each session for the lessons in that session. Lessons are based upon $16/half hour (Canadian).

  49. Tallahassee, Florida. 1/2 hr. Weekly $17.00, Group once a month $10.00 Lessons year round, paid quarterly.

  50. Park City, Utah. Violin student. 45 minute lesson every week at a Music Conservatory. 2 semesters per year, 1st semester (June thru August) and 2nd semester (August thru May). I pay $193.50 per month (Master Rate), paid monthly.

  51. Violin student in California. Lessons are one hour once a week. This is year round, unless one of us is unavailable, in which case we reschedule the lesson if it is possible. Fees are paid about every month, but my teacher is pretty leniant with it as long as she does get paid. The lesson costs $60.

  52. Fort Myers, Florida. 30 min weekly private lesson and 45 minute weekly group class. Yes, year 'round private lessons. 2 -19 week semesters - August through December and January through May - and a 10 week summer semester without group classes. We offer 15 group classes during each 19 week semester. No group classes are offered in the summer. Tuition is paid for half or full semester, due before the first lesson of the semester. If you break it down it works out to $31.50 per week. That includes the 30 min private and the 45 min group. But we charge tuition by the semester, not the week. It's $600.00 for the 19 week semester.

  53. Austin - private instructor. I teach 45 min. and hour long lessons with an occasional 30 minute lesson for a very young beginner but I'm trying to get away from the 30 minute lessons. I teach year-round and most kids take off for one month during the summertime. Fees are paid whenever, mostly at the beginning of the month, sometimes on a per lesson basis, no big deal, I don't do contracts. $35 for hour $27 for 45 min, $20 for 30 min.

  54. I am from the southern tier (Binghamton area) in New York The rate here is between $15 and $20 per half hour lesson. Teachers here are mostly public school teachers or highly qualified private teachers. A lot are professional players and have many years of teaching experience. I charge $16 per half hour for suzuki piano and $18 for clarinet (the going price for instrumental lessons here) and collect the money at the beginning of each month. If a student cancels a lesson the day of the lesson, the lesson does not have to be reimbursed. I try to be flexible and usually get the make ups in within a week if I have enough notice. I work my schedule out month by month. Some students take a break, but their spot is not guarnteed when they return.

  55. San Francisco, CA. Length and frequency of lesson: half hour, 45 minutes, or 1 hour. There is a total of approximately 4 weeks of breaks during the year. Fees paid, some per lesson, some per month. $30 for a half hour, $50 for an hour. FYI, I also take lessons from a highly respected cello teacher; these cost $90 per hour. I take piano as well, and those lessons are $65 an hour.

  56. Oregon. I calculate my 10-month tuition at charging $39.00 an hour. There are 38 private lesson. Sept-June. I also include 40.00 per year for the 4 group lessons that I offer. I also charge a non-refundable fee of 35.00, that helps defray the costs of copies, refreshments, stickers, tunings, awards, lending library, etc...

  57. Adult violin student, current and previous instructors. Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA. One hour, once a week; 45 minutes, once a week. Year round. Paid at end of month for that month's lessons; paid at beginning of month for upcoming lessons. $30/hour; $22/45 minutes.

  58. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 1 hour lesson every other week. Summer break to coincide with school. If an exam was being prepared for the teacher would have a special lesson over the summer. Paid monthly, $30 CAD/hour.

  59. Durham, England, UK. 45 minute lesson once a week, year round, breaks taken if on holiday etc. Fees paid per lesson. £13.50 (pounds sterling).

  60. Piano teacher on the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border, Midlands UK. Half hour lessons. Breaks for all school holidays. Payment is half-termly or per lesson. £8 per half hour, rising to £9 in September.

  61. Fort Wayne, IN. 15 min. once or twice per week, 30 min., or 45 min. once per week. By session (fall, winter/spring, summer) or by the month. $37/hour,

  62. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I take two lessons per week. One 1 hour lesson of practical piano which usually runs longer, one 2 hour group lesson of music theory. Lessons run year-round minus 3 weeks in August. Students can choose to take the summer off if they wish, and a few weeks during Christmas time. Fees are paid monthly or every two months, depending on whats been arranged with the teacher. Lessons for me are $37.50 CAN per week (both lesson costs combined. $20 for the practical, $17.50 for the theory) at a RCM grade 8 level. I give lessons to younger students at a rate of $10-$15 per 30 minute practical lesson, and $10 per hour theory lesson. Missed lessons are usually re-scheduled, or just skipped. There is no charge for missed lesson as long as there is at least a few hours warning.

  63. Gastonia, NC, near to Charlotte NC. I pay $70 a month for a 1/2 hour weekly lesson. Can be paid by week, but it's based on a 4 week month, so it's discounted somewhat to pay monthly. Have been taking lessons with same gentleman for a couple months, so don't know about Christmas break or whatever.

  64. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 30 minute private lesson (this fee also includes a group class each week). Tuition Based system. Payable for 18 lessons in advance - two semesters per year, plus summer term of 6 weeks. $35-40 per week for 30 minute private lesson and 40 minute group class. BC Registered Music Teacher Rate (piano): $45 per hour, with NO additional classes or events.

  65. Avoca, Nebraska, in the mid-west. Half-hour lessons: $15.00; hour lessons: $25.00.

  66. Montreal, Quebec Canada. Lessons are 1/2 hour, 45 minutes or 1 hour. Some students continue for the summer. Not obligatory. Payments in three installments. $47.00/hour CAN.

  67. Western Connecticut. I teach only 45 or hour lessons unless the child is very young but I really don't like the 30 minute lessons. I would prefer very young students in small groups with some individual times but that is hard to schedule around family schedules. Lessons are weekly and students are committed from Sept. to the end of June. I teach the month of July for any students who are not on vacation. I take the month of August for my own R&R unless a student is preparing for college auditions. I also take a week at Christmas and a week in April.

    Fees are paid according to the number of weeks in the month that the studio is open and payment is expected at the first lesson of the month. I am thinking of slapping a late fee on those who are chronically late, making it difficult for me to pay my bills. (Dec. and April are the worst!) I am increasing my fees next year and plan to continue my recent policy of modest increases yearly. I also charge a $25.00 registration fee. The tuition covers all lessons, two recitals a year, my extra effort in preparing for those taking the theory test, in studio events, field trips. I send bills through the mail as billing via internet often did not get opened. $57/hr until 9/1 when it will go to $60.

  68. Alaska 1/2 hour per week, year 'round with 2-3 week breaks throughout the year. Fees are per semester or broken down into monthly payments. $15 per 30 minute lesson.



Data: Location and hourly rate in US dollars - 2007
Avg: $39.66

  1. CAN: Montreal, QC $40.32
  2. CAN: Edmonton, Alberta $36.00
  3. CAN: Vancouver, BC $40.10
  4. CAN: Vancouver Island, BC $32.91
  5. CAN: Vancouver Island, BC $26.32
  6. CAN: Ontario $28.00
  7. CAN: Kitchener, Ontario $26.41
  8. CAN: Toronto $41.00
  9. CAN: Toronto $35.00
  10. CAN: Brockville, ONT $28.00
  11. Neatherlands: $38.00
  12. Neatherlands: $17.00
  13. Taiwan: $60.00
  14. UK, Durham, England $32.90
  15. UK, Hastings $46.00
  16. UK, Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border, Midlands $33.44
  17. US: AK $30.00
  18. US: AK, Fairbanks $40.00
  19. US: AK, Fairbanks $60.00
  20. US: AZ $37.50
  21. US: AZ, Tucson $35.00
  22. US: CA $33.00
  23. US: CA $40.00
  24. US: CA $72.00
  25. US: CA $60.00
  26. US: CA. LA $20.00
  27. US: CA, Sacramento $32.50
  28. US: CA, San Diego $35.00
  29. US: CA, San Francisco $50.00
  30. US: CA, San Francisco $65.00
  31. US: CA, San Francisco $90.00
  32. US: CA, San Francisco $45.00
  33. US: CA, San Francisco $70.00
  34. US: CO, Denver $50.00
  35. US: CT $50.00
  36. US: CT $60.00
  37. US: FL $30.00
  38. US: FL, Fort Meyers $31.50
  39. US: FL, Tallahassee $34.00
  40. US: IL $40.00
  41. US: IL, Chicago $40.00
  42. US: IN, Fort Wayne $37.00
  43. US: IN, Greenwood $30.00
  44. US: KS, Wichita $17.00
  45. US: KY, Lexington $30.00
  46. US: MA $34.00
  47. US: ME, Portland $34.00
  48. US: MI, Bloomfield $50.00
  49. US: MN, Minneapolis $56
  50. US: ME, Portland $34.00
  51. US: NC $30.00
  52. US: NC, Gastonia $35.00
  53. US: NC, Raleigh $38.00
  54. US: NE, Avoca $25.00
  55. US: NH $40.00
  56. US: NJ $45.00
  57. US: NJ $60.00
  58. US: NY $32.00
  59. US: NY, Brooklyn $50.00
  60. US: OR $39.00
  61. US: OR, Portland $30.00
  62. US: PA, Philadelphis $42.00
  63. US: SD $22.50
  64. US: TN, Collierville $40.00
  65. US: TX $30.00
  66. US: TX $30.00
  67. US: TX $44.00
  68. US: TX, Austin $35.00
  69. US: TX, Dallas $34.00
  70. US: TX, Fort Worth $50.00
  71. US: UT, Park City $48.37
  72. US: VA, Reston $60.00
  73. US: VA, Richmond $47.00
  74. US: WA, Seattle $45.00
  75. US: WA, Seattle $20.00
  76. US: WA, Vancouver $29.33
  77. US: WI $34.00
  78. US: WI $25.00


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