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Old 01-17-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Default Would people take private art lessons in LA?

Here in Boston, we have a culture where it's not uncommon for a significant percentage of the middle class to be taking private or small group lessons for music, art, cooking, improv, programming, etc. I know that Boston is a city that values education and I'm by no means saying that LA isn't, but I'm wondering if this is also fairly common among children/teens/adults in LA as well? Boston also has the added benefit of having so many college kids and Berklee music students, so maybe that's part of why lessons are so common?

I'm looking at the lessons page on craigslist and I'm seeing a lot of ads for piano lessons, a few for guitar lessons and a few tutoring in English or math/science. Not too many lessons for leisure or enrichment activities outside of the piano/guitar lessons.

I have a background (with credentials) of over 3 years of teaching art. I'm moving to LA with my boyfriend in June and am wondering if giving individual lessons could be a back-up plan if I can't find something at a school or after school program until I can find something more stable (or if I do build a client base, being in business for myself and getting to choose which kids/adults I work with would be my dream job!)

I've already researched getting a business license (and with some help from a friend, figured it out, I should be all set) and I have decent enough website design skills and social network/advertising experience to hopefully get clients. I'm a go-getter, but there's no point in trying to go get anything where there's no market for it. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I see a lot of home made flyers on bulletin boards with little tags hanging with phone #'s advertising private music lessons. No idea if anyone evr responds to those.

I prefer group lessons at the community college.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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I've seen private group lessons using the Bob Ross methods around here, but keep in mind that this is LA not the northeast. In the Winter people still go outside to play sports, goto the beach, etc. Enrichment is physical and outdoors
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: California
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Try looking also at the the community activities and adult school offerings. They might be doing what you are talking about and maybe you could offer your classes through them. Many people are more likely to sign up through programs like that.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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I'm going to take art lessons wherever I relocate to. I like drawing and I think I could become a good amateur at it. I'm planning on taking lessons at a community college.

I hope for your sake (OP) that people have more money than I. There is no way I could afford private lessons. I'm not sure I could even afford lessons at a community college.

Oh well there's always the Internet and the public library.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The Japanese are expected to release a computer chip sometime around the year 2017 which, on its own, will be able to create art and produce the images without any human intervention whatsoever. It is expected that this breakthrough will render artists completely obsolete.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:49 PM
 
Location: California
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The Japanese are expected to release a computer chip sometime around the year 2017 which, on its own, will be able to create art and produce the images without any human intervention whatsoever. It is expected that this breakthrough will render artists completely obsolete.
LOL. But how will it know what I want?

I'm old enough to remember when computers were supposed to give us a paperless society.....
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:55 PM
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Location: San Jose, CA
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The Japanese are expected to release a computer chip sometime around the year 2017 which, on its own, will be able to create art and produce the images without any human intervention whatsoever. It is expected that this breakthrough will render artists completely obsolete.

Bah. They said the same thing about drum machines::drummers.

Drum Machines Got No Soul.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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LOL. But how will it know what I want?

I'm old enough to remember when computers were supposed to give us a paperless society.....
Art is not about what you want!
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:02 AM
 
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I see lots of advertisements at our local grocery store for lessons in various things. A lot of those things have to do with the arts (violin, piano, etc.). Unfortunately, the one part that stands out to me is that these are lessons in Mandarin, Korean, etc.

Unlike Boston, LA has a HUGE Asian population. They are very interested in the arts but I doubt it is like the clientele in Boston. Just from the ads I see, they must hire a huge number of tutors for their kids.
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