An annual enrollment fee is standard for most children's extra curricular activities. Piano/music lessons should be no exception.
What does this fee cover?
- Music costs. The bulk of the fee is for music. One song on Music.Notes.com is almost $6. Multiple this times four songs throughout the year and you're almost at $25. A theory book is about $8, a lesson book is about $8, Christmas books are probably $12-15 if they have popular music in them and then you have printed music such as from PianoPronto.com that has paper, ink and time involved. The assignment binder is probably $20 annually with all of the assignment sheets and colorful copies of materials. Our students on average, use approximately $75-90 on music each year alone. It goes quickly!
- Recitals. The cost for venue rental is usually pretty high. We typically pay $100 per performance anywhere we go, unless it's the local university, which is almost $1000.
- Online Scheduling Access. Our Content Management System (CMS) is StudioHelper, which I have found to be a great program. It's also an investment each month that I find to be useful and very much "worth it." Each parent can log in at any time to view schedule, or pay their invoice. It's peace of mind.
- Apps. It's important to stay up-to-date. We pay for a monthly subscription to PianoMaestro for children who use this, this app alone is $20/month per month.
- Materials. It's important to have visually appealing materials (in my opinion.) The cost of each binder per year is about $15 because we use full color in many of our documents. For each student, we use:
- a binder which includes a front cover
- beautiful practice card in full color
- a Bingo card in full color
- repertoire list for each student in full color
- new assignment sheet each week
- printed programs for recitals.
Ultimately, by charging an annual fee, you are accounting for materials costs and some of your time. It's far more enjoyable to NOT have to create a new line item and keep track of sales tax.