tuition

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Family unwilling to comply with payment method

If you have a new family who doesn’t comply to the kind of payment method you specified, would you not take this student? I would rather not. I have lost students over this but if they are unwilling to accept your policies, things tend to…

Parents requesting discounted lessons

I started to work with a student who has cerebral palsy. Tova is an amazing person and student but does have a lot of challenges, as well as in the class. Because of her many issues, the 30-minute lesson can easily extend longer than that…

Charging a deposit for next term

I charge by term and the ongoing students pay on the last day of the term for the following term. However, I don’t usually charge at the end of the year. I wait until the beginning of the new school year in late January. I…

Fee Increases – when & how much?

Hello everyone, I am curious to hear how various teachers decide on when and how much to increase their fees. I seem to remember Robin Keehn mentioning a particular percentage she uses when raising her rates. In the U.S. the rate of inflation is currently…

Parent balking at tuition

I received a phone call from a mom whose daughter had her first lesson with me last week. She clearly wants to “try out” piano lessons for her daughter and she is not committed to continuing if it becomes a huge struggle to get her…

Tuition adjustments

How often do you adjust your rates, and by how much each time? I’ve been teaching SM for almost 10 years. Instead of raising my tuition, I take more time off each year. It even allows me to offer a small “discount” to families who…

Make up lessons

What is your policy and procedure on make up lessons? I’m thinking about when students are sick as well as when they miss for planned reasons such as dad’s graduation from college. I have a full studio and not many times that I can make…

Tuition for group vs private lessons

Do you charge differently for group versus private instruction? If so, which is more and by what percent? I charge more for private lessons. $40 extra per month. Two reasons: they are using up my studio time where I could be teaching more students and…

Responding to inquiries about price

I would like a good response to “How much do you charge for piano lessons?”‘ From my experience, people that lead with price are not really serious about lessons. They are discount shopping and don’t know anything about Simply Music. They probably don’t know exactly…

Collecting first month tuition at FIS

When you have a new student sign up at the FIS, do you collect the first month’s lesson fees right away, or let them pay you the first time they come? Pros and cons of different ways for this? I always ask at the FIS…