Violin Teacher Hourly Rates

Diane said: May 28, 2012
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

Here at the SAA Conference my friend and I conducted an informal survey and asked violin teachers what they were charging for their hourly rate.

The folks we talked with ranged from $40/hour up to $85/hour and most said they had 45—80 students! The higher hourly rates seemed to be either east coast or California.

I’d love to continue the informal survey here!

What state are you in and what is your hourly rate?

Smiles! Diane

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Lori Bolt said: May 29, 2012
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

I’m in southern CA, and my hourly is $55, though most take 30 minutes for $30.

Lori Bolt

Paula Bird said: May 29, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Not to put a damper on something that would seem completely harmless, but this discussion is best left alone. There are federal and state statues that govern price-fixing, and technically that is what this sort of public discussion is. It would have to be proved that we were conspiring to set prices, but isn’t that what this sort of discussion is generally headed toward? I’ve always been very careful in this area, just in case. I know I’m not one of the big computer firms, but even the little fish get eaten too.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Diane said: May 29, 2012
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

Thanks Paula—It’s all interesting. When you put it that way I certainly see that it could lead to “price-fixing”. With that I’ll let it rest and not push the issue anymore.

What I learned from talking to folks over the weekend is that my own hourly rate seems to be on the low end of the spectrum. Feeling fueled up to give myself a raise—I was looking for more input to give me the courage to up my fees.

Smiles! Diane

Diane
http://www.myviolinvideos.com
Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Paula Bird said: May 29, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

My rate is on low end too. I live in a rural area. If I lived in the city, I would up my rates for sure. I may consider leaving my current rate alone with my current students, and then raising the rates for anyone who enters the studio from this point forward.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paulo said: May 30, 2012
 1 posts

North Carolina, RTP areas $45/hour

Paulo Lopes
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Audrey John Melzer said: Jul 25, 2012
Audrey John Melzer
Suzuki Association Member
Bass
Oberlin, OH
6 posts

Even though I’m not a violin teacher, i have an opinion about this. I think the best way to choose your hourly fee is to scope out what other teachers are charging in your area, then based upon your experience, etc. choose your price accordingly. You can also take rent and supplies, etc. into consideration if it applies. Or you can charge an administrative fee.

For instance, in my area lessons tend to be around $20 per 30 minutes. However, with my training and my degree, I charge a little more so it ends up that the fee I charge for private lessons in my home is about what my music school charges for my services. I hope that makes sense. When I took training in Beaver Creek last year, I attended a great class about setting up a studio. The teacher had great ideas and backed them up with experience. His big point was that you want your price to be a little higher than what people without training would charge and the fee you ask for helps determine the instruction quality you provide. I have found this to be true.

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