What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge $46.50 per hour. Beginning lessons are 30 minutes, intermediate are 45 and advanced are 60 minutes. I charge a flat fee per month to make it less of a headache for everyone. I teach 44 weeks in a year. So if I multiply 44 by $46.50 and divide the total by 12 and then by 2, I come up with (roughly) $85 per month for 1/2-hour lessons.
It's less complicated then it seems and I cut a (slight) deal on longer lessons. Lessons that are 45-minutes are $125 per month and 60-minutes is $165 per month. I like round figures with no cents in them. Makes my life easier.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend monthly meetings with EMTA and I occasionally get away to master classes during the year. I also do yearly adjudications with my students.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
A neighbor begged me to teach her kids. I took them on as students and found my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Teaching their kids how to play the piano.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Entering my kids in Ribbon Festival/WSMTA Musicianship Exams. They did so awesome and had so much fun!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do interviews with at least 3 different teacher and let your kid choose who they like best. No matter how awesome the teacher is or how great their credentials are, if your kid doesn't like them, they won't learn anything from them. A kid who likes and is motivated by their teacher will learn no matter what the curriculum.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Music teachers make very little money - please don't complain about the relatively small fee you are paying to increase your child's IQ (just one of the many benefits of music lessons). Keep in mind that many of us put in 10-15 years of work towards our chosen profession before we ever entered college even. We have more years of education than a doctor or lawyer but when all is said and done, most of us make slightly more than minimum wage. Remember we work beyond the small time you spend in our studios. Recital planning, bookkeeping, repertoire planning, etc. Most of us work 12-hour days easily.