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To pay a teacher for his/her SCD Teaching

Message 19048 · Marilynn Knight · 26 Oct 1999 00:37:24 · Top

I am aware of one teacher who may offer private classes, $5 per student.
I believe this may compensate the teacher. I've never once heard a
complaint from any one of said students. Even though I believe a great
beauty exists in giving of talent to the community, I also believe that
here in the Consumer/Consuming USA that value is conveyed by
remuneration... I believe we would be valued more by the community if
we charged more for the classes. I know it is insane, but I have had
potential students shocked, and not very impressed, when they are told
how little the class costs. We know that other forms of dance taught in
the community cost a LOT more. Charge more; pay teachers, and I bet we
would have the public clamoring to learn. Maybe we should shake off a
war economy mentality and, in the process, find lots of new dancers????

To pay a teacher for his/her SCD Teaching

Message 19050 · RuddBaron · 26 Oct 1999 01:13:28 · Top

On the other hand, you have the risk of people going into teaching for
financial gain. Raise the price of class and build a financial savings for
the class instead of paying the teacher. If you have a good investment
person, then invest some of it. You may then be able to afford lavish balls,
expensive bands from overseas, etc.

The other point is that, while teachers do a lot, there are many others who
do just as much that aren't paid. I used to pay a significant amount to study
piano and organ with an absolutely magnificent university professor, but that
was his profession. For SCD teachers, it is a hobby.

s/RBJ

In a message dated 10/25/1999 4:37:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
MarilynnK@sccc.org writes:

<< I am aware of one teacher who may offer private classes, $5 per student.
I believe this may compensate the teacher. I've never once heard a
complaint from any one of said students. Even though I believe a great
beauty exists in giving of talent to the community, I also believe that
here in the Consumer/Consuming USA that value is conveyed by
remuneration... I believe we would be valued more by the community if
we charged more for the classes. I know it is insane, but I have had
potential students shocked, and not very impressed, when they are told
how little the class costs. We know that other forms of dance taught in
the community cost a LOT more. Charge more; pay teachers, and I bet we
would have the public clamoring to learn. Maybe we should shake off a
war economy mentality and, in the process, find lots of new dancers????
>>

To pay a teacher for his/her SCD Teaching

Message 19051 · Norah Link · 26 Oct 1999 01:43:39 · Top

>>> <strathspey-request@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de> 25/10/99 04:10 pm >>>
On the other hand, you have the risk of people going into teaching for
financial gain. Raise the price of class and build a financial savings for
the class instead of paying the teacher. If you have a good investment
person, then invest some of it. You may then be able to afford lavish balls,
expensive bands from overseas, etc.

The other point is that, while teachers do a lot, there are many others who
do just as much that aren't paid. I used to pay a significant amount to study
piano and organ with an absolutely magnificent university professor, but that
was his profession. For SCD teachers, it is a hobby.
<<<

I'm not sure that I completely agree with this. For one thing, it depends how
much you pay your teacher. I doubt you will ever pay an SCD teacher enough to
cover all their expenses AND help them make a living, or even supplement a living.
Anyone who can teach well enough and consistently enough to get people to do that
probably deserves every penny they can convince people to pay. On the other hand,
it can be a pretty expensive and time consuming hobby. Think of it this way the
next time you complain about a teacher you don't like: maybe you're getting what
you pay for.

Oh dear, did we all of us get off to a bad start this week?

Norah

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