I have been getting many requests to give workshops and am just starting off. So they are REALLY cheap, but I feel that I need the experience and feedback from my students before I start charging more normal rates.
Do you think this is ok to do? I figure I’ll start slowly raising the rates as I get more confident with my teaching.
Yes, it's okay. But it's only okay.
Be careful and be sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth.
I think venues often view local talent as cheap labor. They tend to pay more to guest artists who have to travel.
Fair? Only slightly. Someone who travels should be compensated more because of the travel time. But the base salary (or hourly rate) should be the same.
Understand that it’s hard to raise your teaching rates once you have established a relationship with a venue or organization.
If you choose to work for lower fees, perhaps you could accept with a caveat: “Your pay rates are very low and not what I expect to make in the future. I realize I need experience, so I’m going to accept your pay scale at this time. But I don’t plan to stay at that level past 2011.”
Are you charging too little?
Have you ever had to raise your teaching rates?