Where does my tuition go?

Where Does My Tuition Go?

How Does it benefit the student?

Answers to frequently asked questions about music lesson

Music Lessons — for a lifetime of enjoyment!

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 the rest of your life! No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music. Yet, obtaining the skill will certainly require assistance from a professional— your music teacher.

Your teacher has chosen to make music their business and their occupation. As with many business, cost are calculated to both ensure that the highest quality product is given and that the business makes enough profit to continue providing their services.

What does my year tuition cover?

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

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 journalist that for every hour enrolled in music lessons, the music teacher is investing in at least two hours of the teachers time!

Your teacher’s training and experience

Recital preparation

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

Publication to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.

Studio expenses

Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments tunings, repairs, newsletters.

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

This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.

Book and music club memberships

This enables many discounts to be passed to students.