Good idea to pack 'em in ...?
March 3, 2011 6:08 PM Subscribe
Private music teachers! What are your experiences offering group lessons? Trying to make more money on a per-hour basis.
posted by agnielson to Education (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife has been teaching one-on-one private lessons for about seven years now. To her credit, she has always maintained a studio of at least 20 students, and now she's approaching what I would consider full capacity. Over the years, we've done a little research and surveyed her parents, and it seems that the after-school-to-6 pm time window is ideal for students to take lessons. Since we cannot fill slots before or after that window, we're looking into other ways she can increase her teaching revenues.
I'm wondering if any MeFites have offered group lessons and what their experience has been. We live in a large metro area, so despite private lessons being a luxury item, the demand is there. However, we do occasionally run into parents that can't afford the list price, so we offer their student lessons every other week, or they quit and find someone else. I'm also wondering if we could capture students in that price-bracket, but make up for it in volume.
Additional data points: We charge about the average rate for teachers with a degree and teaching license. She teaches part-time orchestra at the local high school, so she's very familiar with group rehearsals. Her current students range from 4 years to 18 years.