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Lesson Plans

Charging for Art Classes

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Maria Bodmann (af063)
Thu, 15 May 1997 09:04:42 -0700

Hi Carolyn,

I'm kind of new to this list and am more involved with music and shadow
theater, rather than drawing or painting. I have a performing arts
company called Bali & Beyond. We present Balinese Gamelan music and
Wayang Kulit (shadow theater) programs - concerts,performances,
workshops, introductions, and more.

> Frequently I am asked about teaching drawing/painting to children in
> small classes after school and during the summer. Also, I have been
> asked to teach children on an individual basis. So far, I have not done
> this, because I'm not really sure what would be fair to charge.

Although what I do may seem very different from drawing or painting, I
think there are similarities in how one can handle charging for
lessons/classes. I have two ways to charge for private lessons, either @
$20 or $25/hour or a flat fee of $40/lesson which lasts until your
*brain* can't take it anymore (usually 2 hours or so... >;-) Please
note that Indonesian music is primarily taught by rote and some of
the music is very complicated, utilizes counterpoint, and interlock, is
extremely fast, and can really 'tire' the brain!

When I teach groups I try to make more money hourly while saving the
students' money. For example I charge $50-60 for a group gamelan
lesson. This basically can accommodate up to 6 people (more than 6 needs
an additional teacher) and lasts around 2 hours. In this way 6 people
can pay $10 each, or 4 people can pay $15 each.

I hope this helps you figure something out.

Best wishes,
Maria Bodmann

P.S. If you would like to know more about Gamelan and Wayang Kulit,
please go to the website address listed in the signature below.

Maria Bodmann, BALI & BEYOND, shadow
Ph/Fax:  818/768-7696