This article is featured in the current edition of the VASTA Voice, a publication of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Voice teachers are singers, and it’s the rare singer who is business-minded by nature. We’re artists who have eschewed the straight and narrow to dance with our muse. Professionally, most of us started teaching voice because we knew how to sing, and teaching seemed like a better idea than waiting tables or temping. And then we discovered that we actually like a lot about teaching. We like the relationships, and helping others, and sharing in the process of growth and learning. All the other stuff, though? Not so much.
Being a freelance voice teacher means you have your own studio. You have to market yourself, manage your schedule, keep track of each student’s progress and payments, and set up recitals. You also have to set your price and policies; two elements of teaching that can be hard to decide and even harder to enforce.
If you teach through an institution the price for your lessons is set by someone else. You may get a little less than you’d like on a per-student basis, but you never have to be the bad guy. Someone else sets and enforces the policies, collects the tuition fees, and pays you in a timely manner. If you’re teaching on your own, you have to do all that, whether you want to or not.
So how do you set your price?
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