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#2074521 - 04/30/13 09:17 PM How much to charge for accompaniment?
chueh Offline
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Registered: 10/11/08
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I have a music degree and am a piano teacher. I have always accompanied for free, because I am not good enough to be a concert pianist and I just love playing the piano. However, too many people ask me for accompaniment, and my time isn't enough for all the requests. I would have to start to charge.

I am pretty much able to play wide repertoire. How much should I charge for each piece, or HOW should I charge? Do I just count the time I finally perform, or I should add my practice time as well.....

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#2074530 - 04/30/13 09:36 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: chueh]
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It depends. Without a specific scenario it's impossible to give you an amount of money. How good are you? How much experience do you have? What level is the person you're accompanying? How hard is the piece they're playing? How many rehearsals are there?
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#2074538 - 04/30/13 10:01 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: chueh]
currawong Offline
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Originally Posted By: chueh
I am pretty much able to play wide repertoire. How much should I charge for each piece, or HOW should I charge? Do I just count the time I finally perform, or I should add my practice time as well.....
I charge basically what the going rate for teaching in my area is, per hour. I don't charge for my practice time, as this would lead to the situation where those who take longer to master a certain piece would be charging more! So many things I can sight-read, other things take quite a bit of practice. It evens out, and those harder things stay in your repertoire for next time.

I have a schedule of fees for certain things that I frequently do, exams, auditions, competitions. Some include one rehearsal (like a basic exam) but for most things rehearsal is extra, at my hourly rate. Have a good think about the things you are asked to do, consider what the going rate in your area is, consider also your level of competence, and work out a reasonable fee. I very rarely have any problem with simply stating unapologetically that this is my fee.
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#2074553 - 04/30/13 10:28 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: chueh]
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I would consider it a supply-demand decision. You have "x" amount of time available. Adjust your pricing so the number of people who are willing to pay that amount fill that time.
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#2074572 - 04/30/13 10:59 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: chueh]
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In my little midwestern US college town, the going rate is between $30-40/hour for accompanying students at the local colleges and high schools.

For things like professional recitals, weddings and other gigs, I usually quote a flat fee. It usually takes $150 or so to get me interested in something if I have to give up an evening or weekend. (Although I occasionally will do things for free if I'm just doing it for fun.) Beyond that, it just depends on the amount of work and skill set required.

Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to charge for practice time. (Because then people end up paying more for bad pianists who can't read well and less for good pianists who can - it's a screwed up way of doing things.)
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#2074582 - 04/30/13 11:15 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: chueh]
DanS Offline
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Registered: 10/28/12
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Lots of good advice here so far. I'll just add this:

No matter what you charge per hour, I think it's important to have a base minimum that you need to make...i.e. 'I won't leave the house for less than X amount of money.'

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#2075289 - 05/01/13 09:53 PM Re: How much to charge for accompaniment? [Re: DanS]
chueh Offline
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Registered: 10/11/08
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Thank you all for your wonderful replies. I kind of got the idea.

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