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This is a great list that Wendy Stevens from Compose Create put together.

All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation. However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:
Time spent with the student

  • Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
  • Time spent in preparation for the student
    Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teachers time!
  • Your teacher’s training and experience
  • Recital costs and preparations
    Programs, refreshments, facility rental.
  • Professional organization membershipsMemberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
  • Professional journals
    Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
  • Studio expenses
    Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs, newsletters.
  • Music books and CDs
    Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
  • Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
    The IMT has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
  • Continuing education
    Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
  • Certification costs
    Professional IMTs pay to be re-certified every five years provided they have met all the continuing education and studio requirements.  This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.
  • Book and music club memberships
    This enables many discounts to be passed to students.