Pay for teaching at a private school

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Jean said: Aug 29, 2010
 Violin
3 posts

I’ve just moved to a new city, and I’ve seen a few ads for a private school that is looking to hire a violin teacher to teach private lessons. The pay offered in the first ad appeared to be about half of what most private teachers in the area charge. I thought it seemed low for what they were asking for and didn’t apply. Is it typical for a school to pay that much less than what a teacher can charge in a studio? It’s still a part time job without benefits.

Jennifer Visick said: Aug 30, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

If the school is providing you with a place to teach, a tuned piano in the teaching room, storage for your teaching stuff, and is advertising for you, and dealing with collecting tuition so you don’t have to remind the parents, and providing your parents with a policy that the school enforces, plus liability insurance, etc., etc…. then they can’t pay what you’d charge unless they turn around and charge you rent for all that stuff. Or unless they have rich students who pay the school much more than you would charge.

Oh yeah, and they have to pay their administrative people on top of you, too.

Christine said: Aug 30, 2010
Christine Goodner
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Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
68 posts

I teach in a private school and I do make about half of what I make in my home studio. It is a trade off but a great way to get students without much of the work of running your own studio (especially because they advertise, collect payment and find students for you). Because I am a mom with students in school, I chose a program that has lessons during the school day. This way I was more free in the evenings to be around for my kids. For me, the trade off was worth it.

Christine in OR
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Jean said: Aug 30, 2010
 Violin
3 posts

Thanks for the response. That makes a lot of sense.

I was once asked to teach at a different program for even less than that, (as in not much above minimum wage) and my impression in that case was that the people didn’t really understand the training and skill involved in teaching private music lessons. They were looking for a fun activity for the kids but didn’t really realize how much time and effort it would have taken, from me, or them, or the kids. Maybe that’s made me a little too defensive.

Christine said: Aug 31, 2010
Christine Goodner
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Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
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I know what you mean. I get frustrated with that at times—I think because I teach in a school it seems to some as just another school activity and isn’t taken as seriously as my home studio families take it. Then again, there are some wonderfully dedicated students and families too.

Christine in OR
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Christine Goodner

Studio Website: Brookside Suzuki Strings

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Karen said: Sep 1, 2010
 Piano
2 posts

In Australia, private instrumental music tuition is offered in many schools. Teachers are employed on an hourly rate and get paid for the hours they teach. It is a difficult way to work depending on the policies the school has in place. Where I teach the school will not charge students for lessons if they cannot attend due to a school commitment (camp, exams etc) so unless the school communicates very well with you in advance so you can reschedule lesson times your income can be very inconsistent. I have spent a lot of time twiddling my thumbs when communication has been poor! I have also found things tricky in places where I only have one day or a few hours of teaching as your flexibility is less for parents attending lessons.
Just a few things to consider
Cheers
Karen
PS about the pay—it is about 60% of what I charge in my private studio :)

Christine said: Sep 1, 2010
Christine Goodner
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Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
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Interesting Karen! I find the same problem about school commitments interfering with how consistent lessons and pay are.

Christine in OR
www.suzukitriangle.wordpress.com

Christine Goodner

Studio Website: Brookside Suzuki Strings

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

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