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Fees: The long version

Our fees

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


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.

Education and awards do necessarily make for good teachers.

Unrealistically low fees suggest a teacher is either ineffective or poor at retaining students’ motivation and interest.

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FEES: The long version

First: how are teachers' compensation usually set?

There are 160,000 teachers in the Ontario school system

How are they compensated?

  1. Ontario public teachers are paid solely according to years of service
  2. Effectiveness and competence is not a factor

Ontario Secondary School Compensation Grid

 Year 1Year 10 
 (No teaching experience)(After 10 years experience) 
 Pay per hourPay per hour 
Lowest tier – CatA25.8542.26 
Highest tier – CatA433.8757.89 

Based on 1788 working hours a year over 10 months from September to June.

A ten year teacher with the most qualifications earns $100,034 a year.

How Salzburg teacher's fees are set

  1. The Salzburg Institute compensates teachers based on years of successful teaching.
  2. BUT with regular evaluations for maintaining excellence, effectiveness, retention and student satisfaction.. 
  3. Teachers are routinely  evaluated by more senior, experienced and proven effective 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, a 34 year teacher, 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.

Interesting Facts

Our Bursary Fund awards bursaries to subsidize 54% of all students’ fees.

Our fees are higher than those of other schools because the level of our teachers’ effectiveness and engagement is substantially higher than that of other schools;

89% of our students have been with their teacher for over 14 years;

Most continue  to keep expanding their musical knowledge, skill, sophistication and friendship with their teacher.

This speaks to the level of friendship and respect students and teachers share;

Many of our senior teachers have student-friendships lasting over 30 years;

Our  34 year average retention rate is just over 96%;

The Salzburg Institute Teacher Compensation Grid