Do you want to become a singing coach and use your musical talent to make some extra money? There are many things you need to take into account but, before you become a singing teacher, you’ll need to find some students.

A career as a voice teacher is inspiring and rewarding. There are near unlimited possibilities, from working with children to teens in musical theatre to touring with superstar performers.

It can also be a lucrative career, with top voice teachers earning a great income while setting their own hours.

But in order to do this, one of the first things to consider is the cost of your services. Even if you have little experience with money and are new to the world of business, getting your head around your business’ financial situation is indispensable.

Keep reading to find out more about becoming a singing coach and how you can set your prices with Superprof.

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Prices for Music and Singing Lessons on Superprof

As an instrument, the human voice is one of a kind. Not only is it uniquely linked to the body and altered by how the singer stands, breathes, or even eats, but it’s also the only instrument in the world that can’t be fully repaired or replaced if damaged. This is where vocal coaches come in. Drawing from a combination of technical knowledge and lived experience, these experienced singers work one-on-one to improve singers’ raw performance ability, vocal technique, and vocal longevity.

That said it is no secret that music lessons at a music college or specialist organisation can be quite costly. Many conservatories charge exorbitant fees that a lot of students can't pay. In that case, there is always an alternative: there is the option of finding a private music tutor.

Superprof is a platform that connects students with tutors all over Ireland who are looking to reach common goals. Finding an instructor through Superprof saves clients money and gives them a wider choice of tutors, putting the customer in the driving seat.

As a tutor, Superprof is the ideal platform for you to connect with prospective students and find a good balance that makes sense to your banking account as well. But, how can you make sure that you set the right price for your singing lessons? Is there a magic formula to price your singing classes?

Contrary to the expensive tuition of many music schools, as an independent vocal coach, your general costs will be lower, and so you will be able to keep a larger portion of the money you earn.

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Follow your passion and become a singing coach with the help of Superprof. Source: Pexels

If you choose to advertise your services on Superprof, you will be joining a community of singing teachers all over Ireland who have chosen our platform as the perfect place to find students.

To give you an idea of how much money you could be making as a singing teacher, the average hourly rate for singing instruction is 25 euros

For instance, lessons in music theory generally cost around 25 euros per hour, and tariffs for learning musical instruments also vary:

  • Piano costs an average of 26 euros per hour of lesson
  • Violin costs an average of 33 euros per hour of lesson
  • Drums costs an average of 25 euros per hour of lesson
  • Trumpet costs an average of 35 euros per hour of lesson
  • Guitar costs an average of 23 euros per hour of lesson

Of course, there are many reasons for the large variation in pricing for music lessons. For example, piano is a more accessible instrument than a violin, therefore you will find that there are more piano teachers available, so prices are lower because of the rule of supply and demand.

Mind you, these prices are only average rates but in practice the prices of each tutor can be defined by a wide variety of reasons that determine how much you can charge. If you want to learn more about how you can set your own tutoring prices, keep reading.

How Geographical Location Affects the Price of Music Lessons

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You can help others become great singers with your singing lessons. Source: Pexels

The second factor that will affect your rate is your direct competition. This is why it is super important for you to get to know the market for singing lessons in your area. What services are offered by others? How much do they charge? Do they offer online tutoring? What do they specialize on?

A good way to get a bit more information about what other tutors in your area are doing is to check advertisements in the local press or use an online platform such as Superprof to advertise online tutoring jobs. Through Superprof you can conduct a simple search to check out what the average price per hour is for your town or city as well as the availability of singing teachers in your area.

It is important to note that in certain regions (especially big cities), there is often more competition which is why you might have to adjust your prices in order to have them fit the market and make you stand out.

Here are a few examples of the hourly rates for singing lessons which you might find in different places across Ireland:

  • 25 euros per hour in Dublin
  • 28 euros per hour in Cork
  • 25 euros per hour in Ashbourne
  • 25 euros per hour in Wexford
  • 33 euros per hour in Ennis
  • 22 euros per hour in Claremorris
  • 22 euros per hour in Ballina

Once you’ve found the average price for singing tuition in your area, you’ll be in a better position to settle on your own rate.

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How Experience Affects Price

If you go into detail when researching the prices asked by other singing teachers, you will quickly realise that cost varies according to the profile of each teacher. Your personal experience and level of qualification in singing are important factors to consider when setting your rates.

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You can become a singing teacher for adults and children alike. Source: Pexels

But, how can you establish your experience as a singing teacher? What qualifications and diplomas do you need? Should you have a certain number of years of experience to get a decent wage?

Your journey to becoming a singing teacher should include some kind of musical background in singing, playing an instrument, and/or participating in some form of music education. You may find it difficult to become a singing teacher if you haven't had music lessons yourself.

A good voice teacher is able to pass their knowledge of vocal balance on to their students in a way that works for each individual voice, applying the best vocal skills and techniques to songs in any style or genre. Seeking the guidance of a more experienced teacher as often as you can will definitely help you as you learn more about becoming a singing teacher yourself.

Experienced teachers can provide you with feedback and tips for how to improve your teaching skills. And take opportunities to observe them as they teach so you can format your lessons similarly and hone your skills as an instructor.

Another thing that's important to take into consideration is the fact that voice coaches are not the same thing as voice teachers. While voice teachers and vocal coaches both work to improve singers' skill sets, they focus on different aspects. A teacher works on vocal technique while a coach works on musicality and performance.

The term “voice teacher” is most often used to refer to a teacher that has been educated in and instructs vocal pedagogy. Voice teachers teach the technique of singing. The singing teacher is one who is able to guide a student, from a beginner to a seasoned pro, toward better singing. It doesn’t matter what level the student is at, good vocal technique and a healthy singing voice is the goal.

On the other hand, a “singing coach” is a professional whose job is to “coach” a singer’s voice. Often, the term “vocal coach” is a blanket term used by anyone who improves the performance of their student. A vocal coach’s job is to improve the performance. While a vocal coach may also use the title “voice teacher”, they may not possess the same level of education.

To give you a concrete example, it would be quite weird for a music professor at a university to call themselves a “vocal coach”, even if they teach private lessons. That said, in the music industry, singing coaches and voice teachers perform many of the same functions and may even be performed by the same person. After all, both professionals’ jobs are designed to improve the singer to achieve a goal.

Whether you choose a career as a voice coach or as a voice teacher can also affect how much you will get paid per hour of singing lessons. This is why a more formal education in music with a background in pedagogy always leads to more professional and academic learning while someone with more informal training can focus more on the performance side of the equation.

Price Depending on the Profile of Your Students

Another thing you need to consider before you set a price is the profile of your prospective students. Are they absolute beginners? Do they have any knowledge of singing? Are they more advanced and need more feedback on performance? Depending on their level is also the amount of money you can charge per hour of singing class.

If you ensure that your pricing is adapted to the needs and goals of your students, your rates will remain attractive whilst reflecting the type of tuition you will be providing. This is why it is useful to consider your target market before you enter the world of singing lessons.

This happens because more often than not beginners’ singing lessons will require far less lesson preparation than lessons for exam preparation, and this justifies the difference in price. If you focus on the more professional singers you could potentially charge more but this means that you will also have to have a better preparation for your classes.

Similarly, if you’re teaching a highly-accomplished singer, there will be a higher level of personalisation required in singing lesson planning.

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It goes without saying that the teacher’s level of competence in singing should be significantly higher than that of their student. Learning from a more advanced musician gives students a solid musical base before they begin honing their finer skills such as improving their tone and the quality of their vibrato. Learn about the right singing equipment for singing classes.

Bonus Tips for Singing Teachers

On top of making sure that you are setting your general hourly rate in a good range for the profile of the students you wish to attract, it can also be useful to offer various prices based on other criteria, such as:

  • Offering the first session for free. A lot of teachers choose to do this as a courtesy to the students but also because it is an excellent way to get to know each other before the official sessions start and can work as a goal setting session where objectives are discussed.
  • Establish group rates for those who arrange lessons together: this is an excellent way for you to keep the income steady while also being flexible with students. For you it represents the same time of work and you can adjust to make sure they get a good deal while also making it a good fit for you.
  • Establish reduced rates for lessons lasting longer than 1 hour: typically, singing lessons last one hour. But if you choose to do longer lessons with your students you can offer a reduced rate. This way, they will feel comfortable taking longer singing lessons and knowing they are not breaking the bank.
  • Establish pricing for intensive singing courses: some students will choose to take singing lessons once a week. Others will want twice per week. But what about those who really want to commit to the lessons? You can offer them a discount or a bulk price knowing that you will have those hours occupied and paid.
  • Plan for reduced prices for online lessons (via Skype or Zoom). Online learning has become as popular as can be in the last years and this tendency will only continue to rise. That said, many tutors and teachers in our platform choose to offer a lower price for online lessons since they are not incurring in expenses such as transportation or renting of a space for the lessons. You could potentially do this as well.
  • Communicate well. Like all tutors, vocal coaches must be strong communicators. More importantly, though, vocal coaches must be exceptionally perceptive listeners. A good vocal coach is capable of picking up on a student’s unconscious singing habits, technical weaknesses, and emotional and physical health from a single listen. Vocal coaches should also be flexible and nuanced in their approach; every voice is different, and the best vocal coaches tailor their approach to each student's needs.

Once you have decided on your pricing and begin creating your profile, make clear the type of teaching you are able to provide. The more detail you provide on your abilities and the format of your lessons, the higher the likelihood that you receive enquiries from your target students.

You may want to highlight things such as:

  • What type of singing are you focused on? It's not the same hiring a jazz teacher than an opera teacher and the results are way different from one another. Make sure you state this as part of your profile.
  • If you have experience with leading a chorus or singing workshops. This is part of your CV and can prove extremely valuable for prospective students to know what you have done before.
  • Share your ability to train performers for auditions and help them overcome stage fright and improve confidence. If you are more into the voice coaching and performance arena, this will be essential for you to get more students interested in your classes. Make sure to tell success stories that highlight what good of a teacher you are.
  • Share your knowledge of different singing techinques. You can talk about your expertise in leading a warm up, breath control, using the head voice, using the diaphragm, etc. The more you share, the better.
  • Make sure you stand out. Try to capitalize on your strengths and use your background and existing knowledge to help establish yourself in a certain area of the music business. Although the vocal technique you teach should be applicable to all styles of music, building expertise in one or two areas will enable you to develop a unique selling proposition for you and your studio. This means that if you have a background as a musical theatre performer for example, you should focus on that genre when advertising your services.

Some professional skills you should have as a singing teacher are as follows:

  • Vocal technique
  • Harmony
  • Anatomy
  • Music performance
  • Music notation
  • Teaching
  • Foreign language (if specializing in opera and classical)

Putting the right price on your services and justifying it with your level of experience and teaching abilities will increase your chances of finding singing students who are as passionate and motivated as you are.

Find Singing Students with the Help of Superprof

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Are you ready to become a voice coach with Superprof? Source: Pexels

Are you ready to become a voice coach or voice teacher with Superprof? Our platform is the best way for you to connect with students all over Ireland who are looking for someone to support them on their musical career.

But, how can you get started? It is quite easy. All you need to do is create an account on our website and start building your tutor profile. As part of this profile you will be asked to include details about yourself like academic background, professional background, experience as a tutor as well as your hourly rate and availability for online or in-person classes. Remember that details are of extreme importance when it comes to building your tutor profile.

In the case of experience, don't worry too much if you don't have a big academic background. Many successful singing teachers do not have a degree in voice or music education. While a music degree is a great thing to have, it is not a prerequisite for becoming a singing teacher in private practice.

Also remember to focus on your students and the best ways to help them grow. A desire to help others is critical. When you become a teacher, the focus is no longer on you, the singer and performer; it should be completely on the student. Their wins become your wins, and a student-centered approach will be a component of your success.

Once you have your profile ready, students from all over Ireland or your area will start reaching out. Make sure you answer any questions they have so they feel like you are there for them. Also, don't forget to ask for good reviews if they like taking lessons with you. Prospective students will read the reviews on your profile to make sure you are the right fit for them so these words could make it or break it.

Finally, don't forget to have fun and enjoy yourself! Get ready to become a singing teacher with Superprof, set your singing classes rates and start contacting students from all over the country through our platform.

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