Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Vanc. Isl., + BC & AL
Price for an hour of instruction is tricky.
Think of a service call from a plumber or service tech. I'd expect $50 to show up and then a rate for time over 1/4 hr. - lets say $60/hr.
When I teach, I expect a lesson to be about 1.5 hrs. That would make a 1.5 hr. lesson about $125 - $150. Some students don't respect that time limitation and can 'talk' the lesson on for another 1/2 hour. Picking an instructor's brain should be with the meter running.
Remember the time it takes the instructor to get to the location, preparation before hand - responding to the request, some mental preparation/analysis of what the lesson may consist of, likely some consideration of the equipment the student arrives with, and the students place on the learning curve - now let the 'lesson' begin.
The total time commitment is in the range of 2.5 to 3 hrs. making the real return in the $50 - $65 per hour range.
If you want to consider the casting instructor's skills as the value of a psychologist or a CGA or ? , you might rationalize 2 X the rate suggested above. I've definately seen and listened to instructors who I'd consider worth every penny of $150/hr.
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