Diary of a Music Teacher: Cost of Living & Music Education

What is your experience of the cost of living crisis and its effect on music education provision?

In my experience so far, the students who really want to learn and carry on with their music learning will find the money for it; they would rather save money from something else than music lessons or music materials.

Some students cancel their lessons once in a while. This is what I let them do, as long as they let me know a few days in advance. If they sometimes do their lessons every few weeks instead of weekly, they will still keep learning and we can maintain our teacher-student relationship, whilst they save some money.

In these difficult times, it is essential to stay flexible and offer flexi payment plans when possible. I try and make sure that all students have enough new material to play and practice in between lessons, even when the break is longer. Consistency is key!

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