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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000338.txt from 2000/04

From: Karel Vahala <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: lesson fee
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 02:08:15 -0400

I am glad I don't live in Germany. The system you describe is so inequitable to
the student, that it must make you feel uncomfortable at times. For example, you
as a teacher can be sick and retain the fee for a lesson not given, but a
student forfeits the fee on a public holiday? Must have been set up by a music
teacher with a vendetta.
Cheers, Karel.

chr wrote:

> My private students are handled like this: when a new student start, the
> parents fill out a form with their bank information. I take this form to my
> bank and every 4 months at the beginning of a trimester money is taken from
> their account and put into mine. If a student misses his lesson, I usually
> don't have to make it up unless I know ahead enough to rearrange the lesson
> for another time. I'm allowed to be sick once a trimester without having to
> make up lessons. If a holiday happens to land on the day of their lessons,
> the lessons are canceled. Any time there is no school, there's no lesson but
> I still get paid. I get paid for the whole year including the 6 week school
> summer vacation. Of course a student can quit end of April, end of August or
> end of December.
> I teach private students one day a week and the rest of the week, I teach at
> the city music school. There it's even easier because I get paid by the city
> and don't have to worry about the money at all. If I know enough ahead of
> time when lessons are missed, I try to reschedule them if possible. Usually
> if they miss because of sickness, it doesn't get made up or if a student is
> gone the whole week. If I'm sick, I can miss one lesson per student per
> trimester without having to make it up. For the music school, I get 13
> months pay per year.
> I've never had trouble here about getting paid. I only have one private
> student where it doesn't run over the bank. He's always late paying because
> his family has real trouble getting the money, but so far, they have always
> paid me. When I lived in Utah, I had to worry about getting paid with every
> single student I had. Some never did pay me. One still has a Rubank method I
> loaned. They were so dishonest. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about
> those things any more. I feel very fortunate with the way it's run here in
> Germany.
> Cindy
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