I've been asked to play the piano accompaniment for a young violinist taking Grade 4 violin exam soon. Any idea how much I should charge for a run-through and the exam? Thanks
Posted 17 June 2019 - 19:06
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 20:11
It depends how much you want the work. When I was first asked to accompany, I quoted £30 for g1 (rounding down the exam fee to the nearest £10), but was turned down in favour of a cheaper option on several occasions.
I have just agreed to accompany two grade 1 flutes for £20 each, on the basis that they are playing the same pieces, so no extra work for me, and parents v happy to pay that - wish I'd asked for £25 now, but it is the first time I've had a parent happy with the fee. For me, it is a way of getting my name known - which will hopefully lead to more work, and possibly new students, so I was happy to do it for less than the hourly rate. No travel costs, as I can cycle to the centre, and get free exercise into the bargain!
My ideal situation would be to have a few back-to-back exams to accompany, which would make £20 a reasonable earner, whereas for a one-off it feels like a bit of a nominal sum.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 22:21
Thank you for sharing the MU rates Porilo. The schools I play for only pay less than half those rates. I have always known the rates were low but find them acceptable only because they give me lots of exams back to back, plus my experience level means minimal preparation time for me - the only exceptions being an occasional high grade demanding piece that I don't already know.
Still, I am tempted to make them aware of those MU rates to see what they have to say about it . . .
Posted 20 June 2019 - 23:55
Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:39
I should have said that those are the "recommended minimum rates" so people are allowed to charge whatever the want but shouldn't be charging any less that those rates.
Posted 21 June 2019 - 11:16
Many thanks for those suggestions, especially the MU min rates.