$6M Sweet Music for TakeLessons

8/4/11

After taking $20,000 as the winner of the San Diego Venture Group’s Pitchfest Biz Plan Competition in December, San Diego-based TakeLessons said it has raised $6 million in venture funding led by San Francisco-based Crosslink Capital. SoftTech VC of Palo Alto, CA, and angel investors joined in the early stage round. Founded in 2006 by musician and former CollegeClub.com executive Steven Cox, TakeLessons operates a Web platform that connects people to certified music instructors in more than 2,800 U.S. cities. The company also formed a partnership with electronics retailer Best Buy to provide in-store music lessons.

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  • http://www.stlouispiano.com paul hankin

    I learned that TakeLessons charge $60 per hour for lessons and only pay the teacher $18 per hour. Is it me or is this a complete scandal?

    I can’t imagine any good professional teacher being happy with $9 for teaching a 30 minute lesson. In my opinion the only teachers who would work for $18 per hour are teachers

    that consider themselves to be worth $18 an hour. And so students are paying $60 per hour for teachers that consider themselves to be worth $18 per hour. IMHO this means students

    are being ripped off.

    Why would any good teacher be happy to accept $18 per hour if they knew the student was paying $60 per hour.

    Think about it. For a 25 hour working week TakeLessons would take $1000 per week out of the teachers pocket. If you teach 46 weeks per year that’s $46,000.

    How could any teacher do this long term?

    TakeLessons justify this by saying that this is just “supplemental income” for the teachers that work for them.

    I have a message for TakeLessons. Teachers are not looking for “supplemental income” they are looking for an “income”!

    The only way we can stop this type of abuse is if teachers as a profession stand up for themselves and refuse to work under these conditions.

    Again, IMHO, any teacher that supports this kind of rip off system is doing their own little bit to damage the music teaching profession and lower the public opinion of music

    teachers in general.

    TakeLessons – do the music teaching profession a big favor and put yourself out of business!

    Maybe my opinion is in the minority and if so I would love it if you would set me straight!

    If you have an opinion either way I would love to hear from you.

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