Self-employed visiting music teachers' fees and group rates: our survey results 2020

As in previous years, the latest survey results indicate significant differences between fees paid in independent schools, in state-funded schools and by music services and hubs.

493 respondents said they had worked as self-employed, part-time instrumental or singing teachers in schools during September 2019. For these respondents the hourly rates quoted ranged from £11.33 to £57 with an average of £32.67. The median rate charged is £32; 20% of respondents charged £27 or less while 20% charged £39.32 or more.

Almost 36% of these respondents worked in independent schools and almost 45% worked in state-funded schools.

The survey results show that the majority of music teachers in Greater London and the South East charged more for their services than teachers located in Inner London and the rest of the UK.

School type for self-employed music teachers

Type of SchoolFrequencyPercentage
Independent school17635.7%
State-funded school (inc. academies and free schools)22044.6%
Music service or hub479.5%
Specialist music school163.3%
Other346.9%
Total493100%

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

Type of school£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central -range**
Independent schools£39£32.50-42
State-funded schools (inc. academies and free schools)£30£27-34.50
Music services or hubs£26.90£25-31
Specialist music schools£32£25-37
Overall£32£27-39.32

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

Region£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central range**
Inner London£31£28-44
Outer London£39£30-42
Elsewhere in the UK£30£26-35
Overall£32£27-39.32

Employed vs self-employed

Comparison of rates according to employment status

£ per hour£ per hour
Mid-point*Central range**
Employed£30£25-35
Self-employed£32£28-39

Group teaching or ensemble rates

For the first time, we asked respondents what they charged for group or ensemble teaching lessons, workshops or both in September 2019. 154 respondents responded to this question and rates ranged from £10 to just over £80 per hour. There were no significant differences between the regions and the median (50% point) was £30.

Increase in rates

Of the self-employed respondents, 40.7% of those who answered this question said their rate had increased since September 2018. 158 respondents (32.3% of those who answered this question) expect the rate to increase over the next 12 months.The size of the increase ranges from 10 pence through to £6 per hour with an average increase of £1.54 per hour. The median increase was £1 so 50% of those who responded to this question increased their rates by £1 or more.

Room Hire

Respondents were asked whether they had to pay for room hire or for administration fees. Of the 491 respondents, 95 respondents paid for room hire and 26 paid admin fees; there was an overlap of nine; i.e. nine respondents paid both.

Children Taught

The number of children taught when working on a self-employed basis ranged from one through to 500. The average was 31. 20% of respondents taught 11 or fewer, 20% taught 40 or more and the 50% point was 23 children.

* 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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