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How do you decide how much to charge?


I'm just starting up and i'm not sure how much to charge for lessons, I don't want to charge an unfair price and put people off but i need to charge enough to make it work. any ideas on how to get the balance right and find out what people are willing to pay?
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Hi Griefbacon (griefbacon??) You don't say where you live. In the UK, the Musician's Union set the going rate at £[sign in to see URL] a 30 min lesson (around $27 I guess?) I teach on the road, and charge £14 for a 30 min lesson, and feel I'm under pricing myself. I'm putting it up to £15 at the moment, but still looking at ways of making more from teaching.
Whatever you do, don't under price yourself - in my local store there are sometimes adverts for people offering lessons for silly prices, like £10 for 40 mins etc - If you intend to do it properly, then charge a professional fee.
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Hi Layla thanks for that. I've just moved from the UK to Germany. i have teamed up with a guitar shop and they want to charge 40 euros for 1 hour, (i get 20 and they'll get 20 for the room) so sounds about right i guess.
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Wow! You only get half of what they make huh? In the music store I was working at I got about 2/3 of what they made per lesson. The nice thing is you don't have to worry about the business side. The bad thing is you can make much more on your own. At first working for a store is a good way to work on your teaching chops.

If you try teaching on your own I would find out what the going rate is around town and charge that. Do not charge less! You'll end up looking like an amateur and you'll attract bargain hunter students that will nickel and dime you to death.
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Yeah it would be better if i made more than half but it's just to get me started for a while since i don't have my own place to teach from and it seems like a decent shop.
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Wow - £20 for the room? That's far too steep!
When I taught from a studio, it was £26 an hour, and the studio took £8. Also, I only got charged for lessons I delivered, so If a student missed a lesson, I didn't get charged.

I guess If you're looking for experience and to build your profile, then it might be a good short term move, and you might be able to negotiate a better deal after proving yourself to them - good luck!
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