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I was wondering if you all thought it's reasonable to raise lessons fees for 2008? I have been teaching for 11 years, have a masters degree, and currently charge £25-28 per hour as a home visit teacher in London.
When I visited the ISM site it recommends that teachers in London charge £24 and up as a newly qualified teacher so what I charge is rather low. Home visits are becoming rather cumbersome as I don't have a car.
I don't want to shock the students however, and thinking of raising fees by a pound or two. I haven't had to do this before, as I have always worked in a music school or a school, but wonder what would be the best way to approach the subject with private students.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
What d'you think?
I guess it's easy to say than do...If I was really upfront about the fee raise, I'm afraid of losing most of the students, or even if they agree to the raise, how it will affect the teacher-parent relationship. As I have only been teaching in London for a bit over a year, I haven't really built up a reputation of any sort yet. So far I only teach students who live within 30 mins drive or bus from my home. Most of them live within 10 mins, and quite a few within walking distance.
However, thanks for pointing out the training and education I have been through, you're right, I do think I have been undervaluing myself. I guess when I initially arrived in London I was just happy to be teaching again which I put on hold for a year.
Do you recommend that I also tell parents face-to-face, giving them, say 2 months notice, or do it all by letter? I teach the parent of some of the children also, so I guess it affects them too!
I know it's hard, and I'm the worst at putting prices up; I tend to charge new customers new prices and let the rest drift, so I shouldn't be telling you! I also fall for sob stories, recently adjusting a price for a single parent so-called struggling family, only to find the brat's at a private school!!!
I hope you charge 10 weeks upfront as well
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What's a reasonable raise to ask for? I don't think I'll be going with 50%, as tempting as that might be but more like 10% from the current rate. I'm already giving discounts on households with two or three students.
I guess the trouble with me is that I've built up a relationship with some of them where they invite me to holidays (I never went) and come to my concerts and so on so I don't want to appear too heartless.
However, business is business I guess, and I'll see how this goes. Thanks again, Gill and Barrie.
Good customer relations is important to a successful business but if you can't pay your bills then what's the point. You have built up a relationship with some of your clients that is good they trust you and respect your work that is important to a lot of folk and they will pay.
As Gill pointed out Hit your new clients firsts, then your newish ones. then the ones with 10 kids make it worth your wile at lest a £5.00
Get them in the habit of 10 weeks up fount they the no shows will not matter as you have been paid
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People in many industries are accepting salary cuts or decreases in their working hours. Whilst one might expect that some people would consider music lessons to be something of a luxury on which to cut back, there certainly has not been any evidence of that so far. Enquiries from potential students are ever higher, the waiting list grows and there are never quite enough hours in the week in which to teach all the lessons which could potentially be taught.
If we do experience a general deflation in the cost of living, should this be reflected in piano lesson fees?