annual “registration” fee?

Grace said: May 17, 2011
 Violin
110 posts

Do any of you charge an annual fee? It seems like many other activities (preschool, sports, dance, etc) charge some sort of registration or activity fee each year. If you do, how much? when do you collect? what do you use the money for?

Diane said: May 18, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

Interesting question. I myself only get paid for lessons taught—not office hours or recital hours. A registration fee could offset this…. hmmmmm….

Diane
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Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

said: May 18, 2011
SummerViolin2 posts

Hi keroppi and others,

I charge a registration fee both in the fall and the spring. $20 per semester.

This fee is used towards the recital accompanist, hall rental, website fee, etc.

My students have paid the fee with no problems as they understand there are also “office” things that a teacher needs to do in addition to teaching and recitals.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Summer

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Michelle said: May 18, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
25 posts

I charge an “activity” fee at the beginning of the year. It allows me to have recitals free of charge and helps to cover the administrative costs and the time it takes to organize the schedule at the beginning of the year. I also use that money for dues to the local Suzuki branches and participation in Play-Ins and Graduations.

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Diane said: May 18, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

What is your fee amount?

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

Michelle said: May 18, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
25 posts

This year it was $75 for the first student, $50 for siblings. The local Suzuki branch charges dues per family ($15), so I don’t have to pay more for siblings. They are also easier administratively since I only have to track one set of parents, send one email, collect one payment, things like that. Siblings do pay the same lesson rate however, as the time and attention they get in the lesson is equal.

The next $10 per student went to the Play-In. We chose to graduate with a different branch this year with fees paid separately.

That leaves $40-50 per student for 2 recitals. This covers venue rental, the accompanist, and my time planning and running the recitals. I waited a little too late to book my end of year recital this year, and will likely go over budget due to our affordable venue being unavailable, but that will just teach me to plan earlier!

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Irene said: May 24, 2011
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

with the violin teacher that we go to , she does not charge any registration fee, only the monthly fees and we pay for the venue rental, snacks , drinks when we go for the group lesson. if we dont go for group lesson, we don’t pay. also for the annual recital, only those performing will pay.
i am happy with this arrangement.

Jennifer said: Jul 26, 2011
Jennifer Moberg
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dehbori Kabul, Afghanistan
71 posts

I charge an annual fee of about US$130. I know that sounds crazy, but it covers the following:

  • Asia Suzuki Association dues
  • International Suzuki Association dues
  • SAA dues for the school and teachers
  • Accompanist for the 10+ concerts we have throughout the year
  • Administrative costs, including salary for our office manager

My school is pretty big, and there is a heap of admin to do! None of our families complain about this, as it is very standard practice, and generally a necessity when there is so much scheduling and non-teaching related stuff to do.

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