Teaching the guitar is no small undertaking.
Many criteria have to be taken into account so that students can play the guitar after a few lessons.
What musical style do you offer? Are giving guitar lessons expensive?
Do you prefer acoustic, folk or electric guitar? Can you teach music theory in addition to guitar pieces?
All these details are of paramount importance as they will allow you to set the price of a guitar lesson.
Since it can be difficult to set a precise price at the beginning, Superprof allows you to discover other guitar teacher's profiles, as well as the average rates by area or age group to ease you into your guitar tutor jobs.
How Do I Find Students for My Guitar Lessons?
The USA is a country of musical splendor. Maybe almost the same as the UK even. We have a certain respect for our musical history from Jimi Hendrix to Bruce Springsteen, via The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Metallica... Or other more current ones like Blink-182, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc ...
Every country has an extensive musical heritage, including number of illustrious artists who have played guitar. Do you want to help students start the guitar? Let people know!
The Anglo-Saxon culture has given rise to the love of the guitar (and sometimes even singing) in countless guitarists. Some of them find themselves in the position of giving guitar lessons to share their skill.
It's driven by a desire to share, and to make a bit of money as well! How do you find students to give guitar lessons to? And most importantly, when you have found them, what price should you set?
Let's answer the first question. The area is the first consideration: what neighborhood, town or city do you live in? Make yourself known by posting flyers everywhere: in the bakery, pharmacy, supermarket, etc.
You will definitely find the most students online!
You could also choose to create your own individual website. This will allow you to answer to the following web searches:
- "Learn the guitar"
- "Learn to play guitar at ..."
- "Guitar lessons at ..."
- "Guitar lessons at ..."
- "Guitar teacher"
- "Guitar lessons prices"
and so on, to reach as many students as possible.
Finally, you can join the network of music teachers of Superprof. Almost 2000 of them have joined us to give guitar lessons all over the USA. It's a perfect way to find pupils easily.
What do I do to Convince Someone to Take Guitar Lessons With Me?
Whether on Superprof or elsewhere, you will have to convince your future guitarist pupils. You can offer a competitive price, as we will discuss a little later in the article.
If you are a fan of Doors and '60s or '70's rock, let them know!
This shows your versatility:
- Learn to play classical guitar,
- Learn to play folk guitar,
- Learn to play electric guitar,
- Learn to play gypsy jazz guitar...
You should always highlight your musical heritage. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, Eric Clapton, and the Beatles are all popular.
You should also highlight your technical knowledge and grasp of music theory. Can you teach a student to read music, to learn barred chords, to tune their guitar, play an arpeggio, place their fingers on the strings, or coordinate their left and right hands?
Finally, tell them if you already have experience with individual or group guitar lessons. Having already helped beginners on the guitar will help you to convince new ones.
How do I Set the Price of My Guitar Lessons?
Now let's look at the financial aspect: how do you set the price of a guitar lesson? When you get started you will not necessarily know the going rate, which is normal. Are individual guitar classes cheaper or more expensive than group ones?
Is there a difference in the price of lessons for female or male guitarists, or for different age groups? Does the price vary according to location?
You're almost certainly asking yourself these questions, so let's give you some answers!
The price of guitar lessons: what are other teachers charging?
Try searching "price guitar lesson" if you are unsure how to fix yours. Consider Superprof's own stats.
What kinds of teacher are on Superprof? More than 1980 guitarists are currently registered on the site, of which only 155 are women (therefore making 1825 male guitarists). To give you a precise idea of prices for your future guitar lessons: the men charged more for lessons ($22.84 vs $22.30 from female teachers). The women caught up in terms of longer courses of 10 lessons:$202 for women, and $197 for men. Where you fall in these price ranges is up to you.
Rates for guitar lessons: the averages in major cities
You may not have thought about it yet, but the price of your lessons will vary depending on your location. This is due to a number of factors, such as competition or the standard of living in a particular area. It's a bit like real estate. Where do you fall on the ladder? To answer this question, here is a list of the average prices of guitar lessons in major cities worldwide:
- In the UK: £18 - 25.00 per hour lesson,
- In the US: $25 - 40
- In Australia: $20 - 60,
- In Canada $20 - 40,
If you are lucky enough to live in a major city, you will find the guitar lesson rate you can charge is much higher than it is for teachers based in smaller cities or towns.
Does my age affect the price of my guitar lessons?
You may not think your age would affect the price of a guitar lesson, but it does.
If you are a young guitar teacher, do not get too excited, your lessons are among the cheapest on average. Somewhat like a normal professional career, an older or senior person can expect to make more. Their knowledge and past experiences have a higher value than youth.
The same goes for the cost of a guitar lesson on Superprof:
- Teachers under 20 (over 106 on Superprof) ask: € 16.70 per lesson and € 130 for ten,
- Teachers aged between 20 and 30 (782 on Superprof) ask: € 21 per lesson and € 174 for ten,
- Teachers between the ages of 30 and 40 (552 on Superprof) ask: 24 € per lesson and 220 € for ten,
- Teachers aged between 40 and 50 years old (278 on Superprof) ask: € 24.70 per lesson, € 232 for ten,
- Teachers over 50 (262 on Superprof) ask: 25.4 € per lesson and 240 for ten.
Set the price according to your level on the guitar
Now we have looked at the practicalities to help you choose a price bracket for your lessons. However, other details must be taken into account in your calculation. Begin with your "level" as a guitar teacher. Do you need to "show" rather than tell? Can you teach your pupil music theory: reading music and tablatures, playing arpeggios, barred chords and different techniques?
If you are in the 2nd category, then you have more bargaining chips for a higher price for your guitar lessons!
What type of lessons will you give?
Would you like to teach wannabe guitarists how to play?
Before proposing to them to begin the guitar with you, you will have to tell them the type of lessons that you offer: acoustic guitar, folk guitar, electric guitar, flamenco...
Similarly, establish whether is it a private lesson in person or via webcam. All these details will be reflected in the price of your guitar lessons.
A final hint: be flexible!
You can adapt your offers by proposing:
- Reductions if the student travels.
- Reductions for packs of several guitar lessons.
- Reductions for students, jobseekers or large families.
- Reductions for groups of guitarists.
- Modern and attractive courses for students.
- Various means of payment (payment by card, check or cash).
- A clear and intelligible price list.
Moreover, we advise guitar teachers to establish a strict cancellation policy. This can be problematic for teachers. Our advice is to set the rules in advance.
You might agree a penalty fee in case of cancellation, or of late payment.
Now you know the basics of pricing, all you need is guitar students to teach!
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