Starting out

Imari said: Sep 24, 2013
7 posts

Hi, I work full-time with a rather unstable schedule and just got married and don’t want to take too much time out of my husband’s and my schedule, but I am considering offering lessons to at least one or two students. I don’t yet have my Suzuki certification (which I will make a separate post for) although I have played for over a decade. I also helped my husband relearn when we were in college to supplement his lessons, and helped other students, and taught my little sister while I was in high school.

I live in an extremely economically depressed area and would be, as far as I know, the only violin teacher in the county. The local schools offer very limited musical opportunity (i.e., band for high school) so I would like to help bring more music to the students.

The cost of a violin would be very hard for most people here, especially since there is no music store in the county, and since I only moved here last year, I am only really familiar with a few stores very far from here. I am trying to pay off some student loans, so I do need to make some money from this, but at the same time, I want to make music education affordable. I also don’t want to overcharge, since I don’t have my certification. I learned in a mix of traditional and Suzuki methods due to a move that necessitated switching teachers.

What should I charge for private 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons if I only teach one-three students and am probably the only teacher in the county? I need to make some money, but don’t want it to be cost-prohibitive.

Also, in North Carolina, do you have to have the lateral teacher’s certification or some other requirement before teaching in the schools at all, since it would only be one class?

Thank you!


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