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tomeleefan

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ok, so i started teaching recently. I have 5 students in about 2 months but I really want to be able to do this full time, so I would need at least 20 students weekly. I want to know what everyone charges and what city and state you live in. That way I know if i am overcharging or undercharging. I will go first and feel free to comment, and again, please only people who actually teach for money, no one else please.

Charlotte NC
1/2 hr. a week-100 per month
full hour a week-175 per month
 

michiganice91

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i live in cary, NC (outside of raleigh). My drum teacher charges $35.00 per hour. I dont think theres a monthly discount or anything.
 

Timekeep69

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If you just started teaching, unless you have a good reputation you won't be able to charge a whole lot. I'm in Phoenix and I charge $10 for a half hour lesson and I charge less than most in town.
 

Homki890

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Rob the Drummer":5zs5uvfg said:
$20 and hour. 20 students would be $400 a week, under the table. Not too bad. :wink:
Yeah, that's more than I make in a week busing tables. Actually, that's more than I make in a month. My life's shit man!

My drum teacher is doing 30 for an hour, and I'm not sure what he goes for on 30 minutes. My teaching exp. is with drum lines, and I usually get paid a flat fee from the local college (which my dad is percussion professor, so its usually not much, lol). I'd probably start with the standard 15 for half hour, 30 for hour. Good starting place.

Homki890
 

Timekeep69

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Keeping 20 students is hard. People flake and take breaks from lessons. Summer time is hard to keep students becasue of vacations and just not wanting to take lessons. You'll need to keep hitting the advertising really hard to keep 20.
 

SuperSpatule

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michiganice91":2q2l72jc said:
i live in cary, NC (outside of raleigh). My drum teacher charges $35.00 per hour. I dont think theres a monthly discount or anything.
I live in Quebec, Canada... same price as him
 

Henry George

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The best way to find out what to charge is:
Ask your local teachers and music shops and then under-cut them.

Send your bio to schools,put your name on the teachers list at the music shops.
They usually have a big turn-over of staff,'cause us musos are always on the move.
Talk to other local teachers of any insrument.Students may be refered to you.

Gain a reputation:play,jam, at all the venues.And people will ask you to teach them.
Then you'll know when to bump the price up.
Unless you fall into a job with the required number students,clientel is built up slowly and it will always fluctuate.

This is my experience as a violin and guitar teacher for 20 years, and I'm just about to follow my own advice and diversify into drum teaching.
With the assistance of my son , whom plays rock/blues guitar, I think I have already made an impression on the local community.I know for sure that he has.

Henry.
 

FiestyRedDrummEr

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tomeleefan":3cdnerim said:
ok, so i started teaching recently. I have 5 students in about 2 months but I really want to be able to do this full time, so I would need at least 20 students weekly. I want to know what everyone charges and what city and state you live in. That way I know if i am overcharging or undercharging. I will go first and feel free to comment, and again, please only people who actually teach for money, no one else please.

Charlotte NC
1/2 hr. a week-100 per month
full hour a week-175 per month
I personally think that is steep. And I'm in California! We over charge EVERYTHING..
If you are new and want to build up your rep under charge what eevry one else is charging in the are. Its a buisness, really. and You want to be better than your competetion. So, Knowing parents...They look for a better deal, and if you have it...then you'll have the buisnes.
I say put your name out there, go to the schools, jam at local events. Be seen. Once you have built up your rep, then you can charge more. But for now, I would say cut your price in half.
 

rlrrll

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I work at 3 different shops around LA.
They all charge around $100 for 4 lessons a month. If there is a 5th week, some charge the extra $25, some don't.
They all pay the teachers a differently. Some are $25 and hr, some are as low as $18

For private students, I figure that I'm competing with music schools and local shops, so I'll $75 a month for 4 lessons, which is less that the store charges and I get to keep more of the $$

Obviously the money is better with privates, but the stores keep you busy with a flow of new students. I find it worth it to take less money per student to have more of them, but that's just me.
 

Steven McTowelie

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i live in the midwest and just started giving lessons within the past few months, so i'm still trying to build my reputation. i charge $15 for half an hour, and i haven't done hour lessons yet. something i'm also doing to try and draw students is contacting local schools about doing a small drum clinic for their school band percussion department, just to get my name out there and get some kids interested. i get quite animated and i'm always excited about playing drums, and usually that gets them very into it too. i don't know if you'd be interested in doing something like that, but it's helped me considerably.
 

GrindheadJim

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Mr. Pants":1bizpkq8 said:
I live in St. Paul, MN.

I charge $45/hour or $25/half-hour
$40/$20 here. I'm flexible with students, but I probably wouldn't be if I relied on it as a primary income.
 

GypoDrummer

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in australia the standard fee is around $25 for half an hour.
my drum teacher charges me $25, for 30 minutes, although he usually gives me an extra 15-20 minutes.
 

JonBarber

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I teach part time also and charge $100 per month for 4 one hour lessons. I'm here in south texas and no one has complained about my prices so far...
 

BillRayDrums

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Ask around to other teachers in the area. It sucks when you undercut someone steeply. Don't drag down the going rate for lessons. You'll be looked down upon by your peers.

Just sayin'. Don't undercut your skills, or the local rate.
 

Gabimo

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michiganice91":1gyoxkex said:
i live in cary, NC (outside of raleigh). My drum teacher charges $35.00 per hour. I dont think theres a monthly discount or anything.
i live in cary too man, you should go to 2112 percussion in raliegh.. they are great for drums, barely anything else, but its like 90 per half hour.. i feel like im being overcharged
 
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