Teaching Space for Groups
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
For anyone out there teaching groups, where do you teach? I’ve checked with music stores and a few other places, with no luck as of yet.
I got a quote from a church for $20/hour to use their room. I thought it sounded a little steep, so I’m curious what other teachers have done and how much rent they pay. I know most churches (at least in my experience) do not want for-profit activities going on in their buildings, but I still think $20/hr sounds high. For my Kindermusik classes, I rent a WONDERFUL room in a music conservatory for $15/hour – it’s a big room with a grand piano, lots of natural light and a Bose stereo system. Unfortunately, the room is not available evenings when I want to teach piano. I number-crunched and think the $20/hr would eat too much into my earnings. Unless I had some fairly large groups.
Another thought I had was that instead of paying all that rent, I could buy a nice full-size keyboard that has a pedal and teach in my basement. The monthly payments would be less than rent, and I’d have something to show for it at the end of the payments (and there would BE an end to the payments). My acoustic piano is upstairs in my living room, and I want it to stay there where we spend most of our time but don’t want to teach in my living room (space limitations, family, etc.)
I am planning on checking with a few schools, too for rental space.
Sheri R., California
In my local paper there are columns of ads of people looking to rent a room in their house to help with the mortgage. Could be that there are people out there who would rent their living room/piano on an hourly basis too. Some lonely souls might even really welcome the music and activity in their midst. Couldn’t hurt to call these people and run it by them. Or place an ad yourself requesting such a set-up.
Original discussion started August 4, 2004