Private music tuition fees: our survey results 2018

In September 2017, most private teachers charged between £28 and £39.92 per hour. The mid-point of the 2017 figures was £32.
40% of respondents who work as private music teachers expected to increase the amount they charged over the 12 months to September 2018.

You can read our tips on how to set your own fees, including how to assess where you yourself fit within the overall range of fee and how to negotiate with your pupils and their parents, by visiting ism.org/advice/tips-for-setting-music-tuition-rates
In the table below we summarise these results.

Fees for private music tuition in September 2017 (in £ per hour)


Mid-point*
£ per hour
Central range**
£ per hour
Central London4035-50
Greater London37.3531-44
South East 3430-40
Rest of UK3026-34
Overall UK3228-39.92


The latest survey results show that fees charged in London were significantly higher than those charged elsewhere in the UK, with fees charged in central London being significantly higher than those charged in Outer London. Fees charged in the South-East and in East Anglia were also significantly higher than those charged in the rest of the country, but among the other regions no significant differences were found.

For this reason, we are publishing the survey results broken down between Central London, Greater London, South East and the rest of the UK as a whole.

Fee increases

Over a third of survey respondents (35%) reported that they had raised their private teaching rates over the previous twelve months. The majority of those who did increase their fees raised them by between £1 and £4 per hour. The average increase reported was £2 per hour.

* Half the respondents charged this amount or more and half charged this amount or less.

** Most respondents charged fees within this range. (Only 20% charged more and 20% charged less.)