Where does my music tuition go?

How does it benefit the student?

Used by permission of Wendy Stevens, composer and author of the popular piano teaching website: www.ComposeCreate.com

Answers to frequently asked questions about music lessons.

Music Lessons—for a lifetime of enjoyment!

Congratulations on choosing to participate in music lessons! Music has been found to enrich the lives of all who participate in its creation or in its enjoyment. When you choose to take music lessons, you are choosing to learn a skill that will benefit you and bring you joy your entire life! No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music. Yet, obtaining the skill will certainly require assistance from a professional— your music teacher.

Your teacher has chosen to make music their business and their occupation. As with any business, costs are calculated to both ensure that the highest quality product is given and that the business makes enough profit to continue providing their services.

What does my yearly tuition cover?

All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation. However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:

Time spent with the student  Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.

Time spent in preparation for the student Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teacher’s time.

Your teacher’s training and experience

Recital costs and preparations  Programs, refreshments, facility rental.

Professional organization memberships  Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, performance events and scholarships.

Professional journals Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.

Studio expenses Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs, newsletters.

Music books and CDs  Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.

Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, retirement The IMT has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.

Continuing education  Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques

Certification costs  IMTs pay to be certified, provided they have met all the continuing education requirements. This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.

Book and music club memberships This enables many discounts to be passed to students.

How do I know if music lessons are worth the price?

Shop around! Not every teacher is right for every student. You will want to be sure that your music teacher provides that things that are important to you as well as the things that are important to student’s musical developments.

Start by interviewing several music teachers to learn more about their:

  • Education
  • Goals and Expectations
  • Philosophies of music education
  • Teaching experience
  • Curriculum
  • Studio Policy

Above all, find out how they demonstrate commitment to excellence in music education.

No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music, but by investing in your child’s music education, you can provide them with a skill they will enjoy for a lifetime!

For information on finding quality music teachers in your area, contact:

Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations cfmta.org where you will find a directory of nationally certified teachers under the heading Find a Registered Music Teacher

The Royal Conservatory rcmusic.ca National Teacher Directory will list RCM Certified Teachers commencing September 1, 2015

Used by permission of Wendy Stevens, composer and author of the popular piano teaching website: www.ComposeCreate.com

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