We want to contribute to creating a more sustainable market for musicians and music lessons. That also includes advising music teachers to charge a fair price for their lessons that mirrors the actual time spent on preparing and teaching as well as the time it took to obtain the level of skills they have.
1. How do I change my price?
Log in to your Dashboard and go to My Account and choose the Prices and Payments tab. Here you can try out all the different prices you want before you press ‘Save’. Please note that changes will go into effect immediately after you save.
2. Can I just change some of my prices?
Yes. If you’re happy with the price of your 60 minute lessons, but want to raise the price of your 45 minute lessons a bit, you can just do that.
3. How often can I change my prices?
As often as you want basically, but we recommend that you consider it carefully before you change your prices as it might confuse both current and potential students.
4. When and why should I consider changing my prices?
We recommend that you review your price structure at least once a year and consider if your price still reflects your level of skill and experience. Inflation happens slowly but gradually and if you never change your prices you risk that the value of your payments are slowly hollowed out.
5. How should I communicate price changes to my current students?
You know your students best and how you prefer to communicate with them. However, we recommend that you let your students know at least 30 days in advance if prices are going up and that you let them know either in writing or face to face during a lesson.
6. How much should I charge?
We recommend you think about which hourly rate you think would be fair in relation to your experience and level of skills and the time you put in preparation. recommends a minimum of € 20 per hour.
Most people agree that price should reflect quality. If you sell your lessons cheaper than you have to, you risk sending a negative signal about the quality of your teaching, you also risk taking part in driving prices down which affects not only yourself but also your fellow music teachers.
7. I’m worried it might upset my students if I raise my price - What should I do?
Regardless of what you choose, it might be helpful for you to know that we experience over and over again that students rank the learning output and the quality of the teaching as well as their relation to their teacher as more important than price. It is actually very rare that students react negatively to price changes. They know how great you are and that your lessons are worth every penny.
8. Who decides the price of my lessons?
You do. However, we recommend you do not go below our recommended minimum payment of € 20 per hour. If you want to charge prices that result in a payment below our recommended minimum, please get in touch with us on [email protected] to learn more about your options.
9. Why is the price higher than what I get paid?
The price is composed of your payment + administration fee. The administration fee is the lowest (16,67%) when the student buys a 20 lesson block, and we urge all teachers to make their students aware of how they obtain the lowest price for their lessons.
Unused lessons from a block of lessons are refundable, so there is no catch. The system is designed to help teachers take the conversation with their students about why it is better to commit for a longer course of lessons.
10. What are recurring payments?
When students buy blocks of lessons with you they also accept the terms of recurring payments meaning that unless they cancel their plan, their block of lessons will be automatically renewed once their last lesson of the block has been held. This way the teaching can just continue seamlessly for as long as wanted without requiring extra administrative work for neither teacher nor student.
11. What happens when I change my prices?
If one or more of your students are on recurring payments they will receive a notification on email when you change your price if it affects the product they have - e.g. the price of 45 min. lessons. We recommend that you let your students know in advance if you plan to change your prices so it doesn’t come as a surprise.
If none of your students are on recurring payment they will not automatically get notified when you change your prices. We still recommend that you let your students know in advance. This also gives them a chance to buy a new block of lessons before the new prices go into effect. Giving notice about price changes can be a way to make students recommit.
If you do not have any active students we suggest that you can try out different prices and see if you can find a “sweet spot” for your local area. Sometimes teachers choose to start out with a price just below what they would normally charge to get the attention from new students. If you decide to follow this strategy we recommend that it is only at the beginning of your career when looking to establish yourself as a teacher and get a critical mass of students fast.
If you are looking to attract more students, lowering your price is not always the best solution and we are here to help you. Please get in touch with us to hear more about your options for personal marketing on [email protected]
12. What happens to existing Lesson Blocks / Pending bookings and Refunded Lessons?
Any changes to your price will only apply to future lessons. Anything already in the system will be processed at your current prices.
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