Posting Fees Online?

said: May 7, 2007
 15 posts

Hi everyone,

I am building my first website and would like to put a copy of my studio policy online. Would you recommend posting my lesson fee or would it be better to have prospective students contact me for details? Thanks for your imput!

Joyce said: May 7, 2007
Joyce MizerViolin, Piano
Sarasota, FL
6 posts

You can do it either way. Personally I like them to call so I can explain why the prices are what they are and “sell” them on the benefits of the Suzuki program.

Gloria said: May 8, 2007
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
70 posts

Why do you need to explain what you charge? Besides a Suzuki teacher, I have also been a parent and I have never heard of any of my children’s teachers or colleagues explaining their fees. I certainly do not do that in my studio.
I do think it is good to talk to prospective students and tell them about the Suzuki concept, but that is not the only time they hear about it; in my case anyone entering the studio has to complete a parent training period.

said: May 8, 2007
 89 posts

Unless you’re planning to update your website regularly, I’d leave changeable things like fees and schedules off.

Connie Sunday said: May 8, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Interesting question!

I was posting my fees online: http://beststudentviolins.com/Studio.html

but I removed that part. I think it’s better as it stands now. Thanks!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

Grace said: May 9, 2007
 Violin
110 posts

I don’t post my fees on my webpage. I just prefer that people ask me directly.

Jennifer Visick said: May 10, 2007
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

I don’t post mine online; but I do hand out a tuition policy to every observer who’s interested so they know what they’re signing up for if they should decide to enroll in my studio.

Rates do tend to change—as my experience increases, as the amount of training I take increases, and as inflation increases, so do my rates. I would hate to disappoint a prospective student by failing to update my webpage in a timely manner. I have a hard enough time routinely updating the calendar page.

-Jenny-

Nobuaki said: May 19, 2007
Nobuaki Tanaka
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Mount Prospect, IL
115 posts

because I hate discuss financial aspects, I post it up on the webpage.

said: May 21, 2007
 103 posts

I don’t have a website, and can certainly see why one would not put the fees on there. However, at the same time I think it can be extremely helpful to know what the going rate is.

I have been trying to research what the rate in my local area is, but to phone complete strangers in the traditional piano world seems very awkward. People tell me mine should be higher, but how does one find out what is normal for an area unless people are asked or websites are found?

It seems to be a matter of opinion as to whether rates are posted or not.

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