VMTA Recommended Rates

The VMTA’s recommended teaching & accompanying rates are widely recognised by the music profession throughout Victoria.

The below fee schedule is designed to be used as a guide by VMTA Fully Accredited Members (Full Members),  School Members, Eisteddfod Organisers, and members of the general public. VMTA Associate, Graduate & Student Members are expected to use their discretion  according to their experience and credentials.

  • The rates are minimum recommended base rates, and do not include any on-costs such as superannuation, annual leave, or workers' compensation insurance.
  • Individual private studio charges and school-based employment arrangements are subject to negotiation by either party. 
  • The rates are reviewed once a year by the VMTA Board of Directors.
  • Rate increases reflect annual CPI adjustments and may also take into account other factors such as national comparisons, industry standards and historical increases.

Due to the global economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a CPI index of -0.3% (negative) for the financial year ended 30 June 2020, there will be no increase to recommended rates in 2021 across all categories. 

Only VMTA Individual Members &  School Members may quote the VMTA Recommended Teaching & Accompanying Rates. 

Hourly Teaching Rates for VMTA Individual Members & School Members

2015201620172018201920202021

Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$70 $90


Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$72 $95


Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$74 $98


Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$76 $100


Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$78 $102


Private lesson Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$80 $104


Private lesson
Group lesson (two or more students)
This is the total amount that the teacher would receive for a group lesson
$80 $104


Accompanying Rates for Rehearsals, Performances and Examinations

2015201620172018201920202021
Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$70

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$72

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$74

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$76

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$78

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$80

Hourly rate for accompanying rehearsals, performances and examinations for Preliminary to Grade 3.
This rate does not include administration, travel time and travel costs, which are extra and subject to negotiation.
Rates for higher grades are subject to negotiation.

$80

Rates for Adjudicators and Official Eisteddfod Accompanists

2015201620172018201920202021
Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$220

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$230

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$237

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$242

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$248

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$254

Rates for a 3-hour session for adjudication/official eisteddfod accompanying,
plus accommodation, travel and expenses where appropriate.

$254

RESPONDING TO COVID-19: VMTA Recommended Rates When Applied to Remote / Online Teaching

We have received a number of enquiries regarding the VMTA recommended rates and our official stance on whether these apply in current remote teaching circumstances.

We encourage VMTA members to use the recommended rates as they stand. We will NOT be adjusting these rates or providing special rates for lessons delivered remotely during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

There are several reasons for this:

  • The rates are designed for instrumental music teachers and accompanists who are members of the VMTA and have been accredited through recognition of their qualifications and experience.
    The teaching they undertake remotely will not decline in standard and any implications otherwise will offend their professionalism and expertise. In fact, they will be required to extend their preparation and administration in order to develop resources and refine their pedagogical approach to suit this online format. Please note that non-members should not be quoting our rates.
  • Principals, Department Heads, Parents, Students and other members of the community might reasonably assume rates be altered to reflect the online teaching scenario however we do not support this approach.
    It may be difficult for people outside our industry to understand the realities faced by our membership. Instrumental music teachers who operate as sole traders, or are employed casually within school systems do not have paid long-service leave, annual leave, or sick leave which they can take during self-isolation, school closures or Government-mandated social quarantine.  Without students in lessons there will be no income for teachers. Without payment of adequate rates, teachers are extremely vulnerable.
  • While the recommended rates provide an industry benchmark, they are primarily designed for VMTA fully accredited members and school members.
    The rates are regularly reviewed and listed on this website following rigorous research and discussion. Non-members should not be quoting our rates. At any time, we welcome enquiries from non-members, including schools that are seeking to join and provide stability for their instrumental music teaching staff. We invite you to utilise the VMTA in the way it is intended: to support our membership, provide opportunities for professional learning, access information and resources and be part of our broader community.
  • Members are advised to use their discretion for students who are experiencing financial hardship.
    In specific circumstances it may be appropriate for teachers to adjust their rate for reasons such as financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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