How much should it cost to rent a studio?

Lannie Shelton said: Jul 26, 2013
Lannie Shelton
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Denver, CO
2 posts

Hi- I’m just curious what other teachers are paying to rent a room in a church/community space. I cannot give home lessons and I’m looking for a church or music studio to rent out for my private lessons. I only have a couple students now but once I find a location I plan to recruit several students until I have a full studio… down the road. So far it looks like places are asking between 15% and 30%.

I’d appreciate any feed back. Thank you!

Lannie Shelton

Lannie Shelton

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Jul 26, 2013
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

Hi Lannie,

Rates are going to vary widely from community to community, depending on the general cost of renting in your area, and the size of the room you’re looking for. Not sure what you mean by 15% and 30%? % of what?

Wendy Caron Zohar

Clara Hardie said: Jul 28, 2013
Clara Hardie
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Detroit, MI
21 posts

I would make a contract with the community space/church. I’m renting with 2 other teachers at a church—we are a music teachers collective. We drafted the contract first and they agreed to it.

“Rent”—AKA a token donation toward the non-profit who manages the church—started out over 33% of what I was making per month but now I have more students and have told the space I will pay more now—$50 per month. As a collective, we pay $100 total and use the space 4 days a week mostly during after school hours.

I want to pay more when I can afford to b/c I like the work the non-profit does and we are using an amazing, historical sanctuary of this church. I am also scared we will get kicked out if they get a better offer…we’ve been told this is a “trail period”. In Sept we will have been in there a year.

I was hoping the space would help us advertise in their newsletter or have us (teachers or students) perform at their community events but it seems their administrative capacity is so low, they can’t support us in that way, which is pretty disappointing. The ideal partnership for me would include that kind of mutual support since we are bringing our students to the space and raising awareness about the other events happening there.

Also ask about parking for your students, heat, bathrooms and maintenance of the space. Forming a collective with other (non-violin) teachers really helps b/c you can advertise together and share teaching tips!

Teresa said: Jul 28, 2013
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

That’s a deal! I pay $35 per student and $35 per hr for group classes in THE music studio on Maui. (I have 8 group classes a month.)
The cost of doing business here is definitely not inexpensive!

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

Michelle McManus Welch said: Jul 29, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Lindenhurst, IL
42 posts

Gee that’s expensive in Maui! I pay between 15-30% I believe, and that seems to be the going rate around here.

Michelle Mc Manus Welch

Nicole said: Jul 29, 2013
Nicole Ballinger
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Vero Beach, FL
9 posts

Though I teach out of my home- I’ve considered teaching out of a space in the future. A suggestion given me was to try your local community theatre—they usually have extra rooms that you can use during the day and especially if they’re involved with children’s theatre- it would be a mutually beneficial setup to have a music studio onsite. Just a thought—hope it helps :)

Laura McDermott said: Aug 18, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Aurora, CO
3 posts

It has varied for me. It is worth it to call around. One church was $5/hour. One church where I teach one day/week is $50/month. One church I didn’t have to pay anything. One church wanted $8/hour. I talked with one church about 10 years ago that wanted $20/hour. The local music stores and lesson spaces run $4—$5 per half hour—but they also provide referrals. I have also considered (and know of a couple of teachers) who rent regular office space.

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