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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000191.txt from 2000/04

From: "Laurie Pestoni" <>
Subj: [kl] Studio teaching and the Band Director
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 22:50:12 -0400

I have taught private clarinet lessons for about 15 years in several sates
(mostly in the southern U.S.). I have learned (the hard way) that in order
to get clarinet students you usually have to "get in bed" with band

It has been my experience (and perhaps yours as well) that band directors
always pick a favorite teacher, even if there are several studio teachers
who submit a resume to him. This means that the middle or high school
student is only told about the favorite private teacher. In some extreme
cases, I've seen band directors actually pressure young students into taking
with one teacher even though they are already taking lessons with another
private teacher.

The worst case is when a band director (or their spouse) gives all their
clarinet students private lessons after school. In this case, there is
absolutely no chance of teaching private lessons to the students of that

Surely I am not the only one on this list who has had this problem. Perhaps
some of you on the list would like to discuss this.

Do any of you think it is ethical for a band director to refer a private
teacher above other qualified private teachers who have submitted their
flyer to that band director? Do you think it is ethical for a band director
to teach private lessons to their owns students? Is there anything that
can be done in a situation like this?

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