How Much Money Do Music Teachers Make?


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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered
The money a music teacher can earn is entirely dependent on a couple of factors:

  • The rate your charge for a lesson: The price of your lessons is the most important aspect to becoming a successful music teacher. If you charge too much then you risk discouraging potential customers. If you charge too little then you'll have to take more lessons to achieve a decent wage.
  • The number of lessons you take: The more lessons you take, the more money you earn - simple. Finding time for more lessons will also increase the number of potential customers you could attract.
  • The amount of students you teach: Teaching more students will increase your income. This should be directly related to the amount you charge for a lesson. If you're not getting enough pupils then you might be charging too much!
  • Your reputation in the business: Building up a good reputation in your local area should ensure that you will get more customers. If you become a well-respected music teacher then you'll be eventually able to charge more money for your services. Building a good reputation will take time and will depend on your business contacts, the amount of students you have and your quality of teaching.
  • The competition: This will be fundamental in setting your price for lessons. Undercutting your competitors should help you attract more pupils.

Good luck!
Ashton Lynn Profile
Ashton Lynn answered

The higher the education level/degree, the more a teacher can earn annually for his/her academic work. If you consult Teacher Certification Degrees, you may find it amusing that almost all US teachers get funny topics on for college Musicology for their PhD papers and thesis publications, they just need to write something and submit it to get a degree.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I just finished my first year of teaching music. My base pay in a nice area of Dallas was about 45,000. I received another 1,500 for my Master's Degree, and because I teach orchestra (which requires additional work outside the school day), I received an additional stipend of 3,500. Total, made about 50,000.

If I were in an area outside of the city, my base pay could drop down to around 37,000. Teacher pay varies greatly state to state and city to city.

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