The finest in-home music education since 1848


Our fees

How do we set and justify our fees

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Our transparency is unique

What we have learned about teaching music

How we apply it to teaching music today

The success and the consequent value of a teacher is a difficult and complicated thing to establish. Most schools in North America believe that credentials make a teacher effective in helping a student excel. But a well credential teacher does not necessarily a good teacher make. 

A good teacher must establishes a significant engagement and connection with a student because it comes down to personalities. Most all professional music teachers have the necessary credentials 

 Assuming qualifications to be similar, the engaging and motivating teacher who is likeable and  exciting, with the appropriate training, is a good and successful teacher. 

Consequently, over a century ago, The Salzburg Institute learned  that teachers with the highest retention rates are the most successful at meeting the simple or sophisticated goals of their students. 

Therefore, without an empathetic and constructive relationship, there is no continuity of purpose or results. Without that relationship there is no impetus for a student to enjoy, excel or continue their lessons.

For almost a century, The Institute has evaluated teachers using this benchmark. All our teachers have the necessary advanced professional credentials and the only thing that differentiates them is their experience and, consequently, their retention rate. 

When the relationship is solid, motivating and fun, a student is engaged and invested in the relationship and the learning continues. Of course, this is the goal of all students and parents of children who want music in their lives.

The Basics

Our fees are based on a teacher’s successful years of teaching and the results of quarterly reviews. 

An evaluation below 90% on teaching effectiveness or student retention means the teacher can no longer teach with the Institute.

With every year of successful teaching and favourable evaluations, a teacher’s fee increase annually.

A student clearly knows what the fee is, why it is and what teaching effectiveness to expect.

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The Fees

Our fees are adjusted annually

First year teacher: $16.93 per half hour

10 year teacher: $28.95 per half hour

20 year teacher: $39.60 per half hour

30 year teacher: $51.04 per half hour


The Salzburg Institute Teacher Compensation Grid

  1. The Salzburg Institute compensates teachers based on experience or years of service.
  2. BUT with regular evaluations for maintaining excellence, effectiveness, retention and student satisfaction.. 
  3. Teachers are routinely  evaluated by senior, experienced and proven superlative teachers.
  4. An evaluation below 90%  effectiveness or a drop-out  rate of more than 10% means the teacher is no longer able to teach with the Institute.
  5. This is the sole criteria for what teachers earn and what students pay. 
  6. The better the teacher, the more a student pays. You pay for what you receive.
  7. The half-hour rate for a 10 year teacher is $62.93; after the 54% Bursary, a very competitive $28.95.
  8. The half-hour rate for 20 year teacher is $86.09; after the 54% Bursary, a very competitive $39.60.
  9. The half-hour rate for our most senior teacher with 34 years of successful teaching is $124.22; after the 54% Bursary, a very competitive $57.14.
  10. The chart is very clear about what you pay and what calibre of experienced teaching you can expect.

We invite you to compare

Education and awards do necessarily make for good teachers.

Unrealistically low fees suggest a teacher is not that effective or good at retaining students.

Please take some time to view some of the websites listed below:

We invite you to examine other providers. We have included links to 36 such schools in Toronto. We insist you probe them as to:

  1. Why do most not reveal their retention rates?
  2.  Why are their fees almost all the same? Many teachers are reasonable but many are better.
  3. Why do so few mention a teachers’ specific musical training and teaching credentials like a university degree in music and teaching or education (B.Ed.)?
  4. Why are their teachers not ranked as to their level of effectiveness and quality of teaching? The hundreds of teachers in these schools can’t all have the same level of teaching competence.
  5. Why don’t they supply music and other student expenses without charge?
  6. Why don’t they pay for RCM examinations?
  7. Why don’t they subsidize their fees to make lessons more accessible?
  8. Why are their makeup lesson policies so restrictive?
  9. Why don’t most provide lessons in students’ homes where the student is more relaxed and receptive to learning?
  10. Why do they offer Group Lessons which, as any reputable teacher knows, is a complete waste of time and money?