Private music tuition fees: Our survey results 2020

In September 2019, most private teachers charged between £28.50 and £40 per hour with the mid-point being £32. Fees quoted ranged from less than £10 per hour to £85 per hour.

Fees charged in London were significantly higher than those charged elsewhere in the UK, with fees charged in Inner London being significantly higher than those charged in Outer London. Fees charged in the South-East were also significantly higher than those charged in all other regions. Between the regions outside of the South-East, there were no significant differences in the fees charged.

Fees for private music tuition between January and September 2019 (in £ per hour)

£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central range**
Inner London£40£34-48
Outer London£40£33-47
Elsewhere in South-East England£34£30-40
East of England£33£30-40
East Midlands£30£26-34
West Midlands£30£28-34
South-West England£32£28-35
Yorkshire and the Humber£30£26.50-31.50
North-East England£30£28-35
North-West England£30£28-34
Scotland£30£27-34
Wales£30£25-33
Northern Ireland£27£24-35
Outside London£30£28-36
Overall£32£28.50-40

Increase in rates

Almost 33% 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 (£2.44) per hour.

A significant proportion of survey respondents (almost 30%) expected to increase their tuition rate over the 12 months to September 2020.

* 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.)

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