Recommended rates for employed visiting music teachers in schools 2019

Hourly rates for employed music teachers in schools by school type (£ per hour)

We have now published our recommendations for the academic year 2019/20 fees for employed visiting music teachers in schools. These are set out in the table below. They are exclusive of holiday pay, which schools should pay in addition. Musicians are asked to respond with their rate for one-to-one tuition only, so these results will not take into account group teaching or other special circumstances.

Type of School£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central-range**
Independent schools£34£30-£39
State funded schools (inc academies and free schools)£26.22£24-£30
Music services or hubs£25£20.56 - £30
Specialist music schools£31.18£24.50 - £38
Overall£30£24 - £36.25

Hourly rates for employed music teachers in schools by region (£ per hour)


Region£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central-range**
Inner London£37.26£26.40-£44.60
Outer London£32.50£26.43 -£38.50
Elsewhere in the UK£28.50£23-£34.85
Overall£30£36.25

* 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.)

Across all types of school and all regions the average hourly rate was £29.83. The lowest hourly rate recorded was £9 (this was for teaching in a State-funded school in North West England). The maximum hourly rate quoted was £70 which was for teaching in an independent school in Inner London. 20% of respondents were paid £24 or less per hour, while 20% were paid £36.25 or more. The median was £30 per hour. These rates show a slight increase from last year.

There is no significant difference in the hourly rates between those working for State-funded schools and Music Services. There is also no significant different in the hourly rates between those working for Independent schools and those working for Specialist Music Schools. However, there are significant differences between Independent schools and both State-funded School and Music Services and between Specialist Music Schools and the same two school types.