The rationale for
setting fees is based on an average of current fees for private
music instruction (a sample and comparison of other studios) and
my value of my time.
Lesson Duration &
effective Sept 2013 - June 2014)
30 minute lessons
– $900 annually, payable $90 monthly, payable
at the 1st lesson of each month.
45 minute lessons –
$1350 annually, payable $135 monthly, payable at the
1st lesson of each month.
60 minute lessons –
$1800 annually, payable $180 monthly, payable at the
1st lesson of each month.
The base fee
rate is $50.00 per hour ($25 for a 30 minute
lesson; $37.50 for a 45 minute lesson). Annual
tuition is calculated by multiplying the hourly
rate by 36 lessons. Monthly tuition is
calculated by dividing the annual tuition into
10 equal payments. The year is comprised of 36
lessons from September to June. See the
calendar for the
exact dates of all 36 lessons.
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usually 1 hour
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indicated above are approximate to the grade level; the duration
also needs to take into account the student's ability, interest,
and music goals. Students who pursue a traditional
classical course of study will have several components covered
in each lesson: piano technique, aural training, sight
reading, rhythm exercises, performance of pieces.
beginners to grade 4 have one 30-minute lesson per week.
Grades 5 & 6 could be either 30 minutes or 45 minutes lesson per week.
Grades 8 and 9 are often 1 hour lessons,
grade 10 and Associateship anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours. Most
students will have 4 lessons per month. Depending on which
day of the week the lesson occurs, some months will have only 3
lessons while other months will have 5 lessons. The same
monthly fee is expected to be paid each month as the number of
lessons is averaged over the year. From September to June,
there are usually 36 lessons. Please see the
page for complete details on payment of fees.
Here is a video that sheds some
truth about what the optimal lesson duration might be:
Are 30 minute music lessons ok?
(by Robert Estrin)
I have been following Robert
Estrin for a few years now. He is a piano expert on many
fronts: concert pianist (so is his father), piano teacher,
plus he is knowledgeable on so many other aspects of the piano
business like buying/selling, the manufacturing process of all
the great piano companies of the world. Robert Estrin
shares his advice on so many aspects of piano (learning,
performance, purchasing) and his tips on playing and performance
are pedagogically sound, based on fact and experience (not
simply flavour of the day opinion). I admire and respect Robert Estrin and continue to learn from him so I encourage
anyone, particularly my students, to view his many videos on
YouTube. Here are some important links to Robert Estrin: