Parents often think that piano teaching is just a 1 hour class once a week for the teacher.
Here’s a print from a brochure I keep handy, for parents of all new students to read….It helps parents see that the piano teaching is a ‘profession’ as well as a vocation for the teacher – as opposed to being a ‘hobby’ for the teacher…..and therefore, contributes to better teacher-parent relationships.
Your fees pay for :
- My academic degrees, diplomas, and work experience
- The cost of my ongoing education – attending master-classes & workshops on piano playing and teaching. I study piano playing, music theory, teaching techniques and psychology. It’s a continuous and life-long effort, as there’s so much to learn.
- The cost of time spent on planning your child’s lesson.
- The cost of teaching materials and reference books that are necessary for piano class.
- The wear and tear on my piano – a teacher’s piano’s gets used a lot more, and therefore, gets worn out and needs replacement sooner than a student’s piano. Plus there’s the regular cost of tuning and repairs.
- The class itself – my time as well as the cost of the infrastructure needed to maintain a class
- The cost and time involved in my trips to buy books
- The costs I incur, to attend workshops relating to Trinity, ABRSM and any other piano examination boards.
Teacher’s please feel free to use this – either as is, or with modifications that you think necessary.. here’s the link that made me realise the importance of educating parents about fees Where does my tuition go