Rate Calculator - The Greatest Gig

  

The 2-Minute

RATE CALCULATOR

for Music Teachers

How the heck do you choose a rate for music lessons?  Don't make the mistake of just imitating other music teachers, or going with your gut. Instead, take into consideration what your lessons are really worth.

The quick survey below will give you a more useful, if somewhat ballpark, figure.  Some common-sense fudging of the numbers may be necessary if you, for example, teach in a small town or in a place with a high cost of living

Pro Tip:  If you read the fine print below each question, you'll learn how you can upgrade your business.

Please note: I don't collect any information in this tool.  But I would love to hear your opinion.  What do you think of your results?

Teachers Outside the US:  Welcome!  The tool calculates in US dollars, but you can easily convert to your currency by Googling "USD to [your currency]".  I wish I could program this last step into the tool, but I'm just one dude (and not really a programmer).  Oh, and sorry our government is being so obnoxious right now.  One Family Under Music!

Rob Hampton is a guitar, voice, and performance teacher in Seattle, WA, the author of Rob's Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook, and the owner of Heartwood Guitar Instruction and Greatest Gig.

What do you think of your recommended rate?  Is it accurate?

Please leave a comment below!

Changelog

7/27/17
Initial Release

9/13/17
Removed expenses section.  While you should definitely be aware of your expenses, they don't add value to your students, so you can't use them to justify higher rates.

Changed the preparation section to a slider judging level of preparedness, instead of asking how many minutes per hour instruction you spend preparing.  Like expenses, time spent preparing doesn't necessarily add value to your students. 

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Sam Blake
5 years ago

Great idea Rob! This is something I’m thinking about. I would love to know how this applies to the UK, or smaller cities/towns Could the annotations be made to stay on screen until clicked off? They last 1-2 sec which isn’t long enough to read.
Thanks!

Des Mahoney
Des Mahoney
5 years ago

Thanks Rob for sharing your ideas and info – that’s very generous of you. Cheers!

Marty Wilson
Marty Wilson
5 years ago

Well No one will pay me $80 /hr on this island. I charge $30 and barely get any students. I am a well know guitarist here and people have seen and heard me play around town and at festivals and the hotels. I know I am good. We only have 3300 people on the island and most are on the lower income scale. I have put slot of time in the lessons only to have the parent more interested in the kid learning than the kid wants to or they miss their lesson. I would love to have a concert… Read more »

Liz
Liz
5 years ago

Holy cow! 91 dollars an hour? I’m good but I don’t think people could afford that. They could barely afford it when I went from 30 to 36 dollars per hour 😬

Laura
Laura
5 years ago

Thanks Rob. This is interesting, and timely information!

Lauren Bateman
5 years ago

Most of this comes down to mindset. If you are good and confident, you there are people willing to pay whatever you want to charge.

Sean P. Rogan
5 years ago

Thanks rob! I got $123/hour. I teach more classes than private lessons. We currently charge $70/hour for private lessons and $30/hour for a class or band. We have plenty of bands that have 4 or 5 members which is a win for the student and the school. I will definitely be raising the private lesson rate in the new school year. Thank you for such an eye opening tool. Your work is very much appreciated at the You Rock School of Music in Cranston, RI!

jerry
5 years ago

HI Rob, I bought your first book, and have really enjoyed watching you grow your business……
I have taught in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand where I have been for the last 35 years.
From playing full time to teaching full time I love my job…..
No web site, but I use a blog to direct students to some items but not on a regular basis.
I really like your student concert work, but haven’t really developed that yet.
I’d love to have a good long yak with ya one day.
Keep up the good work….

Michelle Miller
4 years ago

What a great tool….and a solid reminder of what adds value to our studios as well as to value ourselves and what we do. I’m from Canada. I did get $125/hr and I am currently at $55/hr but I also know it is time for a rate increase…a little at a time. 🙂

Monica Phillips
Monica Phillips
4 years ago

There’s no way my current students would stay if I charged $70/hr!! I would have an empty studio and no income. I charge $30/hr and I know it’s a sacrifice for my families. I’m in a small town (just under 20,000 population) and median income of $42k. That income was accounted for but, hmmm. I just don’t see it happening.

Jamie Anderson
4 years ago

What you didn’t include was what other music teachers charge. I’m already at the high end for teachers in my city. I’d lose all my students if I went to the $160 an hour your calculator is recommending. What I could really use is someone who knows SEO and won’t charge me a fortune. It’s the teachers who have great SEO who get the greatest numbers of students. We’d like to think it’s how good we are at teaching and playing and while it has some impact, most people will just google guitar lessons and go from there. I hope… Read more »

Gloria Hanson
Gloria Hanson
4 years ago

This is a great idea, but the resulting outcome figure is way unrealistic= $113.00

Bobby J Hobson
4 years ago

I am in Canada- your rate calculation is pretty close to what I am charging for Drums and Percussion lessons- I am charging 25.00 per half hour or $45.00 Cdn per hour- your recommendation was $33.00 which I am assuming is in US dollars. Thanks for the rate calculator, sure opened my eyes up, to all the things, to consider before setting a rate.

Jeanette
4 years ago

I can’t charge $172 per hour, though I’d love to. I currently charge $75 per hour and I often get students saying it’s too much.

Erica
4 years ago

Thank you! I don’t know though. $83 per hour seems very high. I think the max anyone in my area charges is $60 per hour.

Zach
Zach
4 years ago

I would lose all my students if I charged that much for lessons.

Carrie
Carrie
4 years ago

I’d love to make that, but I wouldn’t pay that. If I am trying to give my kids opportunities, I can’t go give $75 per lesson per thing they ate doing. No middle class person can afford that. But it certainly makes me feel more comfortable charging $40.

Matt Berkeley
Matt Berkeley
4 years ago

Yeah, no. Even though it’s the Bay Area no one is going to pay $177/hr