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#1260769 - 09/02/09 12:39 AM Salary of a piano teacher
bittersweetmusique Offline
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Loc: Vancouver, Canada
Hello,

I am planning to become a full time piano teacher. For those who are teaching the piano full time -- my only question is are you able to make a decent living off of it?

I am not interested in making big bucks or anything, I just love teaching too much to purely think about that.

I just want to know if the bills get paid and if there's any extra to be saved.

I know it's always varied/differs from where you live and how you handle business etc. but I'm interested in knowing how you personally are doing with a piano teacher's income.

Thanks!
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#1260788 - 09/02/09 01:17 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: bittersweetmusique]
Loki Offline
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Depends on how much you're charging and how many students you have.
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#1260799 - 09/02/09 01:56 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Loki]
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In a good teaching climate, I think $45-50k a year is possible, especially if you can be a part of a community music school.
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#1260803 - 09/02/09 02:07 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Kreisler]
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The downside is that if you work for yourself and live in the US, you will have to pay for your own health insurance, and if you have any medical problems, those can bankrupt you in a very short amount of time.

Also get used to no paid vacation, no sick-leave, etc.

Of course there are pluses, but very few are financial.
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#1260824 - 09/02/09 03:33 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Gary D.]
Chris H. Offline
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Loc: UK.
The short answer is yes, you can make a living from teaching piano full time.

There are benefits and drawbacks as in any profession.

Here are some of the plus points:

You are your own boss which means you get to choose your hours and your students. The more you work the more you earn and when you work for yourself there is that incentive to increase your hours for greater income. In fact you need to watch that you don't end up doing too much.

You get to decide the nature of the work. Where will you teach? Who will you teach? Maybe you will want to specialise in a particular style or genre or age group. The best thing is freedom and choice.

You can make good money from the start. Piano teachers often charge a going rate for the area in which they live. More experienced teachers will have higher fees but the difference is not that much. This means you don't have to start out on a low wage and work your way up.

That brings me to some negatives.....

As you get older that salary doesn't change much. Your freinds who chose other careers get promotions and salary increases but you don't. I am afraid that while you can make a living you will never get rich. That may not matter to you now but think ahead to when you might want a family or a nice house, car, holidays etc.

Also, it's not a salary! Your income will fluctuate depending on the amount of work you are doing. This can make it difficult to plan and budget for things.

What Gary said! No pension, no insurance, no sick-pay, no vacations etc.
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#1260907 - 09/02/09 09:32 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Chris H.]
Morodiene Offline
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You may want to start out with a slightly lower rate than more experienced colleagues. You will get a full studio to start with. Granted, some of them may only be looking for cheap lessons, but you'll get a lot of good students too. Having a clearly defined policy that you stick to will help weed out the trouble students. Every year you teach you can increase your rates until you are comparable to others with your experience and schooling.

When I started, I also gave a free lesson to any current student who referred a new student to me (they would actually have to start lessons, not just inquire, of course). That really helped me to get going.

Also, in order to make the income more steady, you may want to deposit all of your tuition payments into a savings account, and then "pay yourself" once a month. If you're like me, some will pay you for the entire semester, and some pay monthly. This helps to make sure I don't squander the semester tuition all at once, and gives the illusion of a salary.

Another thing to consider is taxes. I used to keep 10% of all the tuition payments in my savings so that I'd have some saved up for taxes. If you show a profit for a few years then the government may want you to make quarterly tax payments (not sure if it's the same in Canada as in the US). However, the penalty for not doing this is minimal - around $75 to $100. For me, it's well worth hanging onto that money rather than giving it to Uncle Sam. That's my little way of sticking it to the man LOL laugh.
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#1260922 - 09/02/09 09:59 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Morodiene]
dumdumdiddle Offline
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I just wanted to comment on the 'no paid vacation'. I allot for 5 weeks during my 10-month teaching year where I don't teach, yet my monthly tuition remains the same. This way I take off a week at Thanksgiving, 2 at Christmas, 1 at Easter, and an additional week I can take off whenever I want. Other teachers who operate on a year-round schedule do this as well. In my view it's a paid vacation.
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#1260923 - 09/02/09 10:01 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: dumdumdiddle]
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Loc: Iowa City, IA
I get paid vacation. My students pay monthly tuition, not per-lesson, so I make the same amount in December and January as I do in October and April.
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#1260941 - 09/02/09 10:40 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Kreisler]
Chris H. Offline
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That's what most of us more experienced teachers do. But did you start out that way? I know I didn't.

The thing is you need to work all this out for yourself and design and update your policy in order to protect your income. In some ways this is good because you are in control. The downside is that you have to continually explain these things to your customers. I have charged tuition for years and it's all in my policy but I still get people complain when they have to pay the same amount despite me taking a week off. Then there's the whole issue of cancellations. wink
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#1260963 - 09/02/09 11:07 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Chris H.]
dumdumdiddle Offline
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When I started teaching back in the late 70's at age 16, I patterned my studio policy after my own piano teacher's. So, yes I did start out this way. I also charged NOT by the lesson, but by the year, divided into 10 equal payments (and I think back then it wasn't very common to do so).
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#1260983 - 09/02/09 11:46 AM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: dumdumdiddle]
Mrs.A Offline
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Yes, I could make a full time living if I didn’t have four children to support. I base my monthly tuition on the same rate a few very good private preschools in the area charge. It is a little more then the going piano rate but it hasn’t affected my business.

At one time I had 50 students. My children are now in school and I limit my studio to 38 students.

We live in the Midwest and our mid size town is a little more expensive than most cities in our state. We have a college and large hospital and 1/3 of the kids attend private schools here. I have cousin who teaches in a similar size town but charges ½ of what I do because the median income and education level is low in her community.

She completed a Masters in Piano Performance hoping it would help her teaching business. It didn’t.
She struggles getting students. I have less education and a bigger business but I am not the better teacher. She is in a community that just doesn’t have the demographics to support a piano teacher. Consider your location.

Disadvantages to a career in piano teaching: Even if you are in high demand, It is hard to bring in 40 hours worth of teaching/income because the hours people are available to take lessons is limited. Therefore, there is an income ceiling. I am not always available for my children when I should be. No employee benefits (but if you are married, you only need one spouse with benefits).

Advantages: I work at home. It is a business with little overhead and bookwork. The tax deductions are a big plus. Utitlities, home improvements, mortgage interest etc are all deductible. I don’t spend much money on professional clothing. I tend to have a few nice outfits I put on for lessons and wear blue jeans the rest of the day. No bosses, difficult coworkers, threats of layoffs etc. I work hard but work stress is minimal. I thoroughly enjoy my job. I can do this for a very long time even if a disability or arthritis kicks in.

Another advantage is when you start building a business you don’t have to jump into full time teaching.There is little financial risk to getting started. You can continue your day job and add students until you have enough to support yourself. If you have the piano and knowledge, there is very little monetary investment.

Good luck.
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#1261046 - 09/02/09 01:06 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: bittersweetmusique]
Betty Patnude Offline
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I want to show you how to give yourself benefits of enough time off to live your other life and commitments outside of teaching.

I have a year round studio with annual tuition divided into 10 monthly payments to cover the 12 months of lessons. I project there will be 40 lessons per student during the year and that up to 12 of the weeks will be studio closures, holidays, student absences, snow days, and teacher vacation or teacher absence.

I have a studio calendar that is part of my studio policy: it lists the weeks when the studio is closed. The same annual calendar has been in effect for many years and it works well for me.
STUDIO OPENS September 14, 2009
STUDIO IS CLOSED
November 23-29 Thanksgiving Week
December 18 – January 1 Christmas Holidays
STUDIO OPENS January 2
STUDIO CLOSED
May 31 Memorial Day
June 21 – July 4 Week Before Fourth of July
STUDIO OPENS July 5
STUDIO CLOSED VACATION August 30 – September 13
STUDIO OPENS September 13, 2010


SEPTEMBER 2009 – AUGUST 2010 CALENDAR - STUDIO OPEN FOR LESSONS
TOTAL OF 44 WEEKS AVAILABLE FOR LESSONS
Lessons Month Weeks
3 September 14,21,28
4 October 5,12,19,26
4 November 2,9,16 – 30
2 December 7,14 -
4 January 4,11,18,25
4 February 1,8,15,22
4 March 1,8,16,22
4 April 5,12,19,26
4 May 3,10,17,24 –
3 June 7,14,21 –
4 July 5,12,19,26
4 August 2,9,16,23 –

ADJUSTMENTS
From this, Student Absences will be subtracted provided they meet my 24 hour notice.
If I have any sick days I can take them.
If the student needs additional lessons, I will make them up at the end of the studio year.
If the student is ahead and will receive more than 40 lessons, we owe it to their good attendance, and we consider this their bonus.
I am happy with the calendar because it provides me with breaks when I need them – I give myself these benefits. The calendar stays pretty much the same year after year.

WAYS TO CREATE MORE TIME OFF FOR YOU
The studio schedule can give you 3 day weekends if you need them for family or breaks.
Eliminate either Monday or Friday from teaching.
So many Mondays are holidays or school closures, and Fridays are notoriously busy with peoples own plans for the weekend. You would probably have excessive absences on these days anyway so to me, they are totally removable.
I do no Saturday or Sunday teaching, but there are sometimes piano events scheduled on these days.

Betty Patnude Piano Studio
South Hill 98374 – Puyallup, Washington

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#1261063 - 09/02/09 01:28 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Betty Patnude]
lalakeys Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Loc: Chicago 'burbs
I have always considered my income from teaching (piano and voice) to be about half of my total income, with the rest coming from the 3 churches I work for. Because churches hold services every weekend, I know I won't be without some regular income even if students get sick, quit, or "forget" to pay me. And weddings & funerals give me some extra $ for my vacation fund, Christmas gifts, etc.

The downside is that it's extremely difficult to get a weekend off, because while I can tell my students "no lesson next Saturday--Mrs. K will be out of town", I can't tell a church "no piano or organ next Sunday" (I usually have to arrange for a sub months in advance). And sometimes it seems like everybody else is free as a bird on Saturdays & Sundays, while I'm busy teaching and playing for church services.

But I've picked up many students from my church jobs (people hang around after the postlude and ask "do you give lessons?") And I've also gotten leads on church jobs from students ("our organist is moving to Florida--do you know anyone who's available?)

In general, I'm just happy to be earning a decent living in my chosen field. I'm a working musician, and that's what's most important!
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#1261072 - 09/02/09 01:42 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Betty Patnude]
trillingadventurer Offline
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Registered: 05/28/08
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Loc: San Diego
The main reason I teach piano is because I really enjoy it. I am passionate about piano and music so here I am.

As far as health insurance we have our own plan: we have three good friends who are doctors and one who is a pharmacist. Also CVS pharmacies now have affordable "minute clinics" that will diagnose and give you prescriptions for common ailments. Between that we have formed our own unique medical support group. I am still looking into information regarding catastrophic insurance as hubby and I are not covered for serious emergencies. Being self employed I know there are no big surprises regarding this stuff. I'm paying for it so I do my research. Isn't that something anyone should do anyway?

We pay for our daughter's health coverage($7/a month through Healthy Families)

We have learned to live creatively in San Diego, CA: A very expensive town.

*We have shared a house with other housemates.
*We know how to live in small places through years of practice.
*We know how to travel cheap but still have great adventures.

Unlike many Americans my goal is not to get rich. My goal is to live a fulfilling and happy life. Piano teaching is great. I get to spend alot of time with my family, choose my own hours, learn new music, socialize with interesting people, help children perform well, inspire people, live in the present moment.

Strangely enough, I seem to always get the "things" I want anyway...even without getting "rich". So maybe I am rich. Since I have become a piano teacher (OR since I have begun doing what I love) I have:

*met my husband
*been to New Zealand....twice
*befriended some pretty amazing people
*my glorious mornings free
*acquired about 40 different hand puppets. (Not sure how this relates but it does somehow)
*ALWAYS lived in a great building and a great city.

I think people don't realize that being rich doesn't make you "free". Being free makes you free. Tethering myself to a piano has been a great life-preserver for me.

But that's just me.
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#1261074 - 09/02/09 01:43 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: lalakeys]
Chris H. Offline
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Loc: UK.
Regardless of how you schedule lessons and how you charge for those lessons it really does come down to how many hours you will teach and whatever your hourly rate is. I charge a fixed fee per month for 11 months of the year but there is still an hourly rate. What you need to do is calculate the income you wish to earn, divide that by a sensible hourly rate for the area you live and you are left with how many hours you need to be teaching.

For example:

I would like to earn $1000 per week.

I intend to charge $50 per hour.

Therefore I need to teach 20 hours a week.

If you take into account tax and expenses as well as the odd cancellation then you might want to make that somewhere between 20-25 hours.

Simple really (in theory anyway).

I second what Mrs. A. said about location. There are places where it's just not possible to get 20 hours worth of teaching or charge $50 per hour for it. And then there are places where it's quite easy to do so. Of course the easy areas will tend to have a higher cost of living.
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#1261132 - 09/02/09 03:01 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: trillingadventurer]
Mrs.A Offline
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Originally Posted By: trillingadventurer


As far as health insurance we have our own plan: we have three good friends who are doctors and one who is a pharmacist. Also CVS pharmacies now have affordable "minute clinics" that will diagnose and give you prescriptions for common ailments. Between that we have formed our own unique medical support group.




Not to sound difficult but I am confused by your post. You say you creatively worked out benefits and you have invented your own medical plan- which includes some doctor friends and a pharmacist.

We have insurance but I also tend to use quick clinics as they are cheaper then our co-pay. But they are only good for the occasional strep throat or ear ache. A simple emergency operation and hospital stay can run into six figures. What happens if you break an arm? Your doctor friend may wave their fee but what about the x-ray tech, radiology department and emergency room fee costs?

Am I miss understanding something ?
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Church Music Director.
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#1261172 - 09/02/09 04:19 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Mrs.A]
Stanny Offline
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The insurance question is a big one. Let's hope our lawmakers include a public option for heath care in their plan.
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#1261201 - 09/02/09 05:07 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Stanny]
dumdumdiddle Offline
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Insurance is indeed a concern of those of us who are self-employed, but the current health care reform plan IN MY OPINION isn't the answer. I hope it goes down in flames.
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#1261229 - 09/02/09 05:42 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: dumdumdiddle]
bittersweetmusique Offline
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Thank you for such insight, everyone!

It is a difficult situation for me because I already teach the piano part-time and enjoy it thoroughly, but of course my father wants me to get a secure job with a regular salary & benefits.

As I am working towards my degree (bachelors of education) it is still my dream to own a piano studio and teach full time because I frankly just see myself a happier person that way.

But business fluctuations, no benefits, dealing with parents etc. sometimes make me wonder if going that pathway would be a smart choice, just because it's so risky & doesn't promise you a regular income.

Should I take this pathway instead of becoming a school teacher? ( I am minoring in Biology and Kinesiology out of interest) and get a regularly paid job yet less satisfaction?

Or become a piano teacher with great pleasure yet risk not getting paid a sufficient amount due to the risk of having a business??

But thanks for the posts, they really opened my eyes.
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#1261252 - 09/02/09 06:20 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: dumdumdiddle]
Morodiene Offline
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Originally Posted By: dumdumdiddle
Insurance is indeed a concern of those of us who are self-employed, but the current health care reform plan IN MY OPINION isn't the answer. I hope it goes down in flames.
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If you want to see how well the government handles health care, look at Medicare and social security. Heck, if you want to see how well the government runs anything lately, check out the Cash for Clunkers, which I think has yet to pay out. Things now may be tough, but it can always get worse.
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#1261255 - 09/02/09 06:30 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Morodiene]
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bittersweetmusique, if you can't imagine doing anything else then it is the right thing for you and you should follow your heart. My father was an accountant and wanted me to do the same because of the obvious financial benefits. I have no regrets in choosing a career as a piano teacher. I would have been a miserable accountant!

As for health insurance....You are probably all aware that we have the National Health Service in the UK and your (US) current reforms are aiming for something similar. A lot of people complain about the NHS over here but when my wife or I have needed them they have been fantastic. I am grateful for our system despite its flaws.
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#1261258 - 09/02/09 06:36 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Chris H.]
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Thank you Chris,

I will finish my degree and see where my heart takes me~!~

By the way, I live in Canada so the health system here is a little different... Yet the insurance/benefit thing would be a drag working in a private business right? Hm.
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#1261261 - 09/02/09 06:37 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Chris H.]
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I agree with Chris. Go for it. I have no regrets. have you considered a degree in music education? It would add credibility as a piano teacher and be a nice "fall back" degree.

As I said earlier, you can continue taking students without quiting your job.
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#1261265 - 09/02/09 06:43 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Mrs.A]
bittersweetmusique Offline
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Mrs A, That was an interesting idea that I was actually going to partake. Although I don't see myself teaching music in elementary (lots of singing... improvisation) or secondary (band.. choir..).

I enjoy & am most comfortable with teaching the piano.

I actually enjoy biology and kinesiology as well so teaching that really is my "fall back" degree :):)..

Yet piano is my number one goal!

I am actually on my way to achieve my ARCT (associate royal conservatory diploma - which is the highest grade for piano in Canada) and am planning to take Intermediate Pedagogy diploma (in which I already have my elementary pedagogy diploma)

Hands on experience is probably what is going to improve my skills of becoming a better piano teacher, the Pedagogy courses and working with children in general.

I guess you can say I am preparing for two careers -- piano teaching & high school education.
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#1261273 - 09/02/09 06:53 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Morodiene]
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Loc: South Florida
Originally Posted By: Morodiene

If you want to see how well the government handles health care, look at Medicare and social security.

I know how well my insurance company is handling us. $1200 a month for my wife and me, going up for sure soon, $5,000 deductable, no co-pay on any doctor visits, no help with prescriptions, out of pocket for us last year of $30,000.

Can't change companies now because I have a "pre-existing condition". It is quite possible we will soon have to drop our insurance.

There are a lot of problems and no clear answers. Let's not turn this topic or any other into a healthcare debate, OK? It's just going to get ugly, and it will shut down discussion of music…
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#1261274 - 09/02/09 06:58 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Gary D.]
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Posts: 13797
Loc: Iowa City, IA
I like playing the piano! laugh
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#1261280 - 09/02/09 07:11 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Mrs.A]
ProdigalPianist Offline
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Loc: Phoenix Metro, AZ
Originally Posted By: Mrs.A

We live in the Midwest and our mid size town is a little more expensive than most cities in our state. We have a college and large hospital and 1/3 of the kids attend private schools here. I have cousin who teaches in a similar size town but charges ½ of what I do because the median income and education level is low in her community.

She completed a Masters in Piano Performance hoping it would help her teaching business. It didn’t.
She struggles getting students. I have less education and a bigger business but I am not the better teacher. She is in a community that just doesn’t have the demographics to support a piano teacher. Consider your location.


This is something worth emphasizing again. The county I grew up in has a population of about 7800 and a per capita income of less than $15,000. There may be one or two full-time piano teachers in a several county radius who actually could earn a living from the income of their piano studio. I kind of doubt it.
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#1261287 - 09/02/09 07:26 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Kreisler]
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Registered: 07/12/07
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bittersweetmusique,

Go for it! I'm going for it, too! Right now I have a full time office job (a pretty good one, actually)and I'm slowly building up my piano studio. Although I appreciate my job and would in all actuality make more money at it, I cannot wait for the day that I can dedicate myself fully to my true calling- piano teaching! For almost 3 years, I have been too scared to really take any serious steps towards my dream. Don't let fear hold you back. It won't be easy but it will definitely be worth it. I am taking some big steps towards establishing my studio and I couldn't be happier... even in this less than satisfactory economy.

I understand feeling pressure from your parents about getting a steady, secure job. Mine put a lot of pressure on me to get a "regular" job, which I did. I can't say that I regret it because this job has enabled me to buy my own house and a grand piano, all by the time I was 23. If you can go straight into teaching and make it work, more power to you! If you have to opt for the "regular" job at first, don't fret! You don't have to be stuck there forever smile

Sorry for writing a novel here... I just get so excited about the idea of being a full time piano teacher!!

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#1261288 - 09/02/09 07:26 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: bittersweetmusique]
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Registered: 07/16/09
Posts: 89
Loc: New York, USA
Hey bittersweetmusique -

My piano teacher was the high school music teacher, and had a side business as a private piano teacher.
What a wonderful man, and teacher he was. It is thanks to him I have my own career teaching piano, and I have modeled my teaching style after his.

Your situation seems ideal to teach piano. And yes, you can have a very fulfulling career. Go for it! The posters have given you good business models, although I am a teacher that prefers to travel to the students' houses. I was taught that way, and feel they are most comfortable in their own environment. And the parents really appreciate not having to run to yet another appointment! When I'm older, I may have a studio in my house, but for now this works for me!

Note to dumdiddle & Morodiene - I agree with you completely re: the health plan fiasco!

Joan
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#1261291 - 09/02/09 07:33 PM Re: Salary of a piano teacher [Re: Kreisler]
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Loc: South Florida
Originally Posted By: Kreisler
I like playing the piano! laugh

smile
And I like teaching, which is why I'm still doing it, in spite of many things about that do make it (often) a difficult way to earn a living…
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