This post is in response to a reader's question (Thanks, Toto!) regarding the issue of whether pianists should charge for time spent practicing the music in order to prepare for rehearsals and recitals.
Imagine yourself in this situation (many of you won't have to imagine it)...
You get a call from a soloist that is doing a recital in the next few weeks. You are available and the soloist is someone you would like to work with. The soloist asks for your fee for the engagement. The problem is that you don't know the repertoire and you'll need to spend an inordinate amount of time in the practice room learning the rep before the first rehearsal. Would you charge for practice time or not?
The above scenario is only one instance of where it might be possible to charge clients for time spent practicing. Then again, there are some pianists who charge for practice time as a matter of general policy. Take the poll on the sidebar just below the ad unit to register your vote on this question:
Should Accompanists Charge Clients For Practice Time?
Feel free to leave comments below as well.
A few quick clarifications: I'm referring to "practice time" as time spent learning the score away from "rehearsal time", which pianists do traditionally charge for. I used the term "accompanists" and not "accompanists and/or collaborative pianists" in order to have a more direct question without excessive verbiage.
And thanks for the comments so far--I didn't realize there was so much at stake with this issue.