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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000665.txt from 1999/01

From: David Blumberg <reedman@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] re: students attendance
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:21:22 -0500

From: Louke <louke@-----.COM>
Subject: Re: missed lessons
Sometimes I will call the student part way into their lesson time just to
see what's going on (usually it's just cuz they forgot). I just say that I
was expecting them for a lesson at (whatever time their lesson was to start)
and I just wanted to make sure everything was okay.
In any case, I'll usually call them before the next lesson to make sure
there was no confusion about their lesson time.
Phyllis Louke

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I had a student who took up music as an adult. He was a tennis instructor,
so he was familiar with the situation of a private instructor relying on
the students to be consistent with attendance. He came to his first lesson,
then forgot to come to his second one. I rescheduled him that week, and he
paid me Double! I did not ask him to pay for the missed lesson, as an
honest mistake I can put up with. He insisted, saying that he charges his
Tennis students for no shows, and makeups too, so it was not a problem at
all. The killer was that this guy missed, and paid for more lessons then he
had. This happened 2 more times!! Finally he quit, I was glad.....

I always call the student's house 10 minutes after the lesson time starts.
As far as I'm concerned, they are at that point 15 minutes late, as I tell
all of my students to arrive 5 minutes early to set up. When they have to
pay for a missed lesson, it can be a good "memory jogger" for the next time.

David Blumberg - My Tempo Accompaniments for Woodwind Players
reedman@-----.com
http://www.sneezy.org/david_blumberg/
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