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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 2000/04

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 14:32:38 -0400

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Subject: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses

> I'm going to jump in here. I have two perspectives: 1.) as a former
> who made a considerable portion of my living teaching privately.
> 2.) As a parent whose son has a myriad of activities.
> There are times when I cancel my sones lesson so he can do something
> important. School play dress rehearsal for example, or a best friends
> birthday outing to the local theme park.
> To be fair to his teacher, I always give 24 hours notice, ALWAYS pay for
> lesson, and try to schedule a make-up lesson.
> This has worked well for the past three years, my son has a great violin
> teacher, she is happy, and stress has been eliminated. I have paid for
> lessons not taken, but I don't view this as a problem.
> What do others think of this approach??

Outstanding. This is the way it should be.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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