All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation. However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:
Time spent with the student
Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
Time spent in preparation for the student
Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teachers time!
Your teacher's training and experience
Recital costs and preparations
Programs, refreshments, facility rental.
Professional organization memberships
Memberships that are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and curriculum.
Professional journals and online memberships
Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.