Meri’s Musical Musings

The (third and final) 10 Commandments of Music Lessons

Posted on: October 17, 2015

  1. Thou shalt not try to get out of paying a teacher’s materials or registration fee
  2. Thou shall give at least 30 days notice before ending lessons with a teacher, or pay a full month’s tuition in lieu of notice
  3. Thou shall have the student perform in teacher’s recitals at every opportunity, with very rare exceptions (eg: wedding or audition date that conflicts with recital time)
  4. Thou shalt not expect the teacher to provide instruments to borrow, rent, or purchase, even on less expensive instruments
  5. Thou shall expect only a very limited number of make up lessons, or none at all!
  6. Thou shall expect lessons to be paid on at least a monthly basis. VERY few teachers offer weekly payment options anymore, and usually at very high fees.
  7. Thou shalt not treat the teacher as a babysitter for your child, and pick up your child promptly from lessons
  8. Thou shall stay for the full length of a teacher’s student recital at all times. If you must miss the reception then you should talk to the teacher.
  9. Thou shalt not expect a teacher to include competition, audition, or exam fees in tuition or registration fees.
  10. Thou shalt not judge a teacher by how they look, how their home looks, how nice they are, or how ‘easy to please’ the teacher is. (Students, especially children, are adaptable and can learn to love a teacher who pushes high standards especially once they start seeing the tangible results in exams, auditions, and competitions. Plus I’ve had great teachers whose homes were quite untidy, and poor teachers whose homes were polished and pristine!)

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