Re: Private Art Lessons-long
- I agree, private lessons in NY, whether for art or music, is insanely
expensive so my rate ($25 per hour) is considered pretty reasonable to
upstate New Yorkers. I've also volunteered in the local 4H and in the
homeschool community - it's a great way to get additional exposure for
private classes and is an alternative to advertising.
In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Brandy" <bergiemoore@...> wrote:
> I charge even less- $30 a month and that includes supplies for four
> one hour lessons. (There is no snack:) BUT it's not as important what
> you charge, then what the market can bear and what classes around are
> going for. Ohio or Virginia art lessons are going to go for far less
> then lessons in D.C. LA, or NYC. Find out what the galleries,
> museums, or other private teachers are charging and be competitive;
> Not cheaper, just competitive. Do take your rent, if you have any
> into consideration.
> Finding that out may make it easier to decide if you want to work
> for yourself - which involves, at least in the beginning, lots of
> advertising, time spent on the computer, and other timely efforts- or
> if it would be profitable to go to work for someone else teaching
> already established lessons.
> No matter where you teach, I would definitely recommend having a
> syllabus that teaches lessons that you can't do in larger classrooms.
> Whenever you come across a lesson and hear yourself say, 'I wish I
> could do it but it's too complicated/ too expensive/ too long of a
> project.' You've got one of your lesson for your private classes.
> If nothing separates you from what they get in school for free (or
> through private school) then you won't get many returning students. I
> have about 1/2 of my students as continually repeating customers, and
> they are my bread and butter to my classes, which also says that you
> have to constantly changing projects.
> I do a two year rotation of about four projects. The other 32
> projects a year are new and a not repeated for at least four or five
> years, or when I see I finally have a whole new batch of students.
> > Hi All!
> > Do you give lessons all year long or just over summer break?
> I give lessons only during the school year.
> > How much do you charge (how did you figure out what to charge?)?
> Not much, but then again art lessons around here aren't that much.
> > Do you charge an additional materials fee?
> No, I work that into the overall fee, but I have done it differently
> in the past. It is easier at tax time if the two are separated.
> > How many times per week do you give lessons?
> I give lessons twice a week, but to two different groups.
> > Are the lessons continually ongoing or do they end (like a six week
> They run in 6 or 12 week courses with one week for make-up between the
> > How long is each session (one hour? two hours?)?
> one for younger students, and 1.5 for older.
> > What kinds of things do you teach?
> Everything :)
> > How did you determine what to teach?
> Can their parents do it with them at home, or did they do it in
> school? The answer should be 'no' to both those questions.
> > Where do you give the lessons?
> At my church.
> > How do you handle storage?
> In my garage. Students have to bring back their newsprint pads for
> drawing every week. I try to arrange a yearly art exhibit for them at
> the local library.
> > Thanks so much!
> > Amy in Florida