Private Lesson Pricing
The Empowered Musician studio offers 45-minute and 60-minute lessons in voice, piano, and musicianship. We also offer repertoire coaching and dramatic coaching for singers. A variety of lesson packages are available, and we offer plenty of flexibility.
When you stop and think about it, it's pretty odd that a facial, massage, chiropractor session, golf lesson or even mani/pedi often cost far more than a private music lesson. Our society unfortunately does not appropriately value trained musicians and their highly specialized skills. The truth is that a private music lesson is worth at least as much as the aforementioned services. A music studio is a business just like any other business and should be treated as such.
In cities such as NYC, Boston or LA it is reasonable to expect a skilled teacher with 5+ years of experience and a Master’s degree in music to charge at least $100 per hour. A young, relatively inexperienced teacher with only a Bachelor’s degree will likely run you about $75-$80 in a major city. It is generally inadvisable to study with a teacher who has not at least completed an undergraduate degree in music.
When it comes to online lessons, the fee will depend on where the teacher is based. A teacher based in a suburban area of Mississippi will likely charge half as much as a teacher based in the Boston area because the cost of living is far lower. While there are absolutely exceptions, it is easier to find highly qualified and experienced teachers in more metropolitan areas because performing artists tend to cluster in and around them.
Online lessons are extremely effective and very convenient, and it is not reasonable to expect that the fee should be lower than the in-person fee just because it is online. Time is time!
The student’s experience level and major goals
A student pursuing a career in music should seek a high-level teacher and expect to pay at a higher price point. Someone who is exploring their options, has some singing experience and sings regularly would do fine with a mid-level teacher, but might have to notch up later. Beginners and those just singing for fun can study with whomever they please, but do know that not all private teachers are created equal. There is no official process here for becoming a private teacher, and anyone can hang their shingle outside and start a studio. Beginners need to be handled with care so that they develop excellent technique that does not have to be undone and/or fixed later.
The type of music you want to work on is also very important! If you are really interested in musical theater, you need a teacher who knows the ins and outs of belt and mix. If you are interested in jazz specifically, be sure to study with someone who really knows the genre and its style and history. If you want to be a lifelong choral singer, be sure the teacher you study with has significant choral experience.
Is the studio paying teachers what they’re worth?
Most community music schools or multi-level voice studios do their absolute best to pay their teachers a living wage. Unfortunately, most teachers receive 50% or less of the fee the client pays the studio. On top of that, many studios undercharge, with rates that were more appropriate in 2005 than today. We offer an extremely competitive rate, paying our teachers 60-70% of the fee that The Empowered Musician collects. We value our teaching artists and believe they should be compensated fairly. Our rates reflect not only our teacher’s expertise and experience, but our commitment to supporting professional musicians.
Added value and invisible workload
You are not only paying for your teacher’s time. By joining a voice studio, you become connected to the teacher’s network. This can result in external connections and opportunities. Some teachers offer studio classes, studio recitals, master classes and/or workshop. These events add value to your experience by creating more opportunities to get up there and sing!
Additionally, there is a certain amount of “invisible work” that all teachers take on. In addition to scheduling, they have to prepare for the lesson, take notes, study pedagogical concepts, research good repertoire choices for each student, and learn that repertoire. We invite you to examine the issues around the value of private lessons, as well as the importance of supporting a living wage for professional musicians.
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