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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000204.txt from 2000/04

From: "Don Platter" <dplatter@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Studio teaching and the Band Director
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 08:43:02 -0400

Laurie,

This string is likely to open a can of worms for you, but I am a middle
school band director. What I do is post a list of all teachers I know of by
instrument, location, and phone number. I put the names of the teachers I
know to be better and whom I have had success in bold type for convenience
of choice. I do include my own name in that list. When a student in my own
school indicates that they want to study with me, I am very careful to
indicate to the parent that if they perceive a conflict of interest on my
part that I would prefer that they choose another teacher.

In order to become better known in the area you choose to set up your
studio, I would consider doing some clinics in local schools for free, and
offering your services for sectional rehearsals, etc. In that way, you will
become better known and more likely to be recommended.

Good Luck!

Don Platter

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>From: "Laurie Pestoni" <lpestoni@-----.com>
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: [kl] Studio teaching and the Band Director
>Date: Wed, Apr 5, 2000, 10:50 PM
>

> 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
> director.
>
> 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
> school.
>
> 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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