TUITION CHANGES Q & A
- Why are you raising rates?
- How do these rates compare to other music schools in the area?
- I just got started (or restarted) in the last 3-6 months, and my rate is changing again. Why has this happened, and what can be done about it?
- How often do you raise rates?
- Why might my rate change be more than $20.00/month?
- What are intern teachers, and how is the tuition change process different for them?
- What if this change causes us financial difficulty?
- Are you offering any new private lesson discounts?
are you raising rates?
costs go up too! Increased expenses for facilities (have you seen
our upgrades?), utilities, materials, and credit card services
could limit the way in which we care for our students and their
families. We want to continue to offer free
trial classes, great recitals, flexible
scheduling & vacation credits, free personal assessments and
placement counseling, coordination of make-ups or substitutes,
customized curriculum development, scholarships, great teachers,
and much more.
do your rates compare to other music schools in the area?
In July 2018, we did a Google search for "Bay Area music lessons" to research the tuition rates of local music schools, and found that our average 30 minute rate was more than 21%
less than the top competitor in town, and more than 5% less than 91% of the remaining 12 music schools surveyed. When considering the opportunity for taking advantage of discounted classes
with intern teachers, our rates are significantly lower than all local schools we found, and about 30% less than the top third of our search results. See the list of local music school rates here.
just got started (or restarted) within the last 3-6 months and
my rate is changing again. Why did this happen, and what can be
done about it?
We are sorry that you enrolled while our rates were under their annual evaluation, and that we did not have this information ready to give to you. If your have enrolled within the last 6 months and your rate change is more than $10.00/month, you may request a 6 month extension of your most recent rate by signing up for automatic tuition deductions through which we can adjust your rates at the end of the 6 month extension.
How often do you raise rates?
|Except for Intern teachers whose rates change as teaching hours accrue, we review rates annually, but do not necessarily raise them. Usually we raise rates for new enrollments/students and wait 6-24 months to raise them for continuing students. the 2017 changes was the the first change announced since January of 2014.|
|Why might my rate change be more than $20.00/month?|
are three possible reasons that a tuition change might exceed $20.00
What are intern teachers, and how is the tuition change process different for them?
||Intern teachers are young teachers
who are trained and certified to teach at The Music Place, but whose
rates are discounted because they have not yet completed their
education and/or have not taught more than 50 hours before joining
Unlike some schools, we do not believe families should pay the same for teachers who have less than 1000 hours teaching experience, but also as a teachers' experience grows, the discounts should decrease. For this reason, monthly intern rates are raised approximately $5.00 per month for every 50-100 hours of teaching completed (up to the minimum tenured teacher rates or 1000 hours--whichever comes first.)
For teachers with fuller loads, this may occur every 2-3 months--but may only effect continuing students once every 1-2 years.
What if this change causes us financial difficulty?
|PLEASE contact us if this
change causes you financial difficulty. We want every child who
wants music instruction to be able to have it! OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Are you offering any private lesson DISCOUNTS?
We are offering two new discounts:
Last Modified: 2018.08.24T16:01:05
Actual Customer Testimonials:
"We have recommended to many of our friends. We love the place. It has totally helped our daughter to not only know the notes but to truly have fun with them! We love the teacher(s) and wish them all the very best. - " -- Happy parents
"Our daughter, Melissa, loves her music class, and she looks forward to the recitals. She's made friends and become more confident. We'd recommend the Music Place to anyone. -- Melissa's parents, Kathy & Matt, Los Gatos" .
I tell everyone who will listen about the amazing introduction to music that our daughter is getting with the Music Place. People are always amazed when a 3-year old explains that she played an oboe last week and is going to play a piccolo next week! Most importantly, our daughter can't wait for music class & asks to go every day. -- The Pace Family