In this podcast, Michael Jagger and Evita Arce examine the economics of offering and taking private lessons during weekend workshops. When teachers accept private lessons at events there are extra burdens on the event organizers to find space and time for that private to happen, and it can potentially cut them out of the financial equation if students aren’t also paying to participate in the workshop. Michael and Evita use a specific example from a regional event where they were teaching, and they unknowingly gave a private lesson to a student who wasn’t registered for weekend classes. At this same weekend, other instructors also gave privates, which interrupted the flow of the weekend and created undue stress on the entire organizational team.

Michael and Evita discuss behaviors on the part of teachers, students and event organizers that can potentially disrupt the environment and can destroy the entire ecosystem.  When students have a finite amount of money to spend on their hobby, and neither the organizer nor teacher is making a fortune off this thing we call Swing, Michael and Evita ask who is ultimately responsible for seeing and understanding the pitfalls of offering (or not offering) private lessons during workshop weekends.  How is one’s money and time best spent at weekend workshops, and how can we all benefit from our Swing Ecosystem in a sustainable way that ensure longevity for the whole?

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