My husband and I are building a beautiful new house, and like everyone, trying to watch our budget. We hired someone who is very inexpensive to do our tile and guess what? The tile looks like it was done by someone who is very inexpensive. Some other contractors who came in at a low bid did some of our framing and when we went to paint we found crooked walls and the wrong size windows. The lesson we learned? Yes, you already know it, if you want something done right, hire a professional. The extra money you spend will be well worth it in a superior product. Cheap equals cheap.
We music teachers also offer a product. When parents are shopping around for the cheapest price, we need to remind them of this lesson. And if we ourselves try to get students by being the cheapest teacher in the area, our work will also be devalued. Do you want to be know as the teacher with high quality students or the the Walmart of music teachers? It may be fine to decide on which pizza you buy by shopping based only on price but music lessons have a life long impact and the cheapest teacher may be the reason a student quits.