Piano Camp – How Much Should I Charge?
This question has come up a lot since I posted the 30 day plan for a summer piano camp. As I write this I understand that everyone’s situation will have different variations, however my intention is just to share a basic format for you to follow and apply to your own situation.
One of the most important things you will need to keep in mind is to cover all your expenses plus your salary. It seems silly to write that, but when I first started creating piano camps I never planned well enough for my expenses and ended up using all the income from tuition to pay for everything else. I learned the hard way and hope you won’t have to.
How much money do you want to make?
If you are running a 5 day camp that meets 2 hours each day you will be teaching for 10 hours.
What is your hourly rate?
How many hours will you spend preparing for the camp? Plan for at least twice as many hours that you will be teaching (20).
30 hours X $35 hourly rate = $1,050 salary for 1 camp
What is the minimum amount of students you willing to teach for this one week of piano camp?
5 students with capacity for 10
What expenses will you incur during this week? These numbers are just examples…
music books $100
teenage assistant $90
Total = $400
Your salary $1,050 plus expenses $400 = $1,450
Now divide by number of students and your tuition comes out to $290 per student for one week.
That’s a lot of money for just one week of piano camp!
It all depends on the economic health of the people you will offer your camp to.
Here are some ideas to help keep costs down.
Only charge your hourly rate.
Students bring their own snack/lunch.
Do not hire outside help instead have assistants volunteer their time.
Use music for which you have a studio liscence and make studio copies which the students will not take home.
I hope this will get you started as to what will work best for your summer piano camp. Keep in mind that this plan is based on my experience at my independent studio. Like many of you, I do all the work myself. Larger studios with multiple teachers will work from a quite different perspective.
Let me know about your camp!