The attached article deals with a topic I especially have trouble- making up piano lessons. Teaching piano is such a joy! The lessons bring beautiful children and loving families into my home. Our relationships become very close and I often think of the kids as my own.
But there is a fine line when mixing business with friendships. My policy clearly states that I offer make up lessons only for sickness. I also give parents a copy of my schedule so they have the option of trading lesson times with another student. Even with this, parents are constantly asking me to make up their child’s lesson.
I love the families with whom I work. I don’t want to have hard feelings or lose their friendships. But when a parent asks to have their child’s lesson made up it is very uncomfortable.
The Suzuki parent who wrote the article below, I think, says it well.
If you are a piano parents or teacher, please read and pass along.