What your piano fees pay for

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


      1. Ha! Ha!

        Jokes aside, parents often don’t know what goes into piano teaching, and teaching as profession, in general. I find it makes a big big difference to the way they view the teacher, when they understand.

        Also, parents who don’t understand music often under – rate the mental skills and commitment required for a child to learn, and educating them, so they can understand is the piano teacher’s job.

        To answer your question, that’s part of the class fees, after teachers reach their ‘break-even ‘ point 🙂


  1. Anita,

    You say in this post that you have a brochure you keep handy for parents. I presume you got the brochure from ComposeCreate website.

    I clicked on it too, but nothing seems to be happening.

    If you have downloaded it from the website, would you mind forwarding it to me. I too would like to keep it handy to show parents (of both old and new students!!)

    I must thank you, for your advice on fees. Most parents are taking it positively and have said the fee increase is “no problem”. If it wasn’t for your “push”, I would never have mustered the courage to increase my fees by Rs.100 an hour.

    Thanks once again.



    • Hello Miriam,

      The link on the ComposeCreate site is working – just try it again. The brochure is my own, but I’ve edited it a lot after reading posts from composecreate.com

      It has my biodata, teaching terms, a print of this post “What your piano fees pay for”, a print from the following post https://anitaelise.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/questions-parents-of-young-beginner-piano-students-need-to-ask/

      .. and a brief note about my teaching style, expectations of practise and parent-teacher interaction – and how I manage to do this with parents who have the interest, but cannot make it to class, because they’re both working.

      I keep adding print’s of posts from my blog, that I think will help parents understand what goes on in class – it keeps changing, depending on what issue needs tackling at the time.

      Am glad to hear of your fee increase and glad to have been of help….



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