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Offline bernadette60614

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How can a student leave a teacher?
« on: August 24, 2013, 01:27:54 AM »
Gracefully?

I will be moving onto a new teacher after this semester by my choice.

This is through a community music program and I can simply not sign up with her next term, but that seems graceless.

She's a good teacher, but simply not the right teacher for me.

Thanks for your advice!

Offline qpalqpal

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Re: How can a student leave a teacher?
«Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 01:51:57 AM »
Make it very clear that you are leaving and respect her in that way. Don't make stories, just tell the truth.

I've had a pretty bad situation with a teacher I had for a little less than a year. I stopped going to classes and paying, and she had to call me, and I wasn't home and she talked to my Mom and it was very sad because I wasn't communicating with her. It was disrespectful on my part.

That's all I can tell you from experience for sure.
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Offline quantum

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Re: How can a student leave a teacher?
«Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 04:20:39 PM »
Just give your teacher fair warning that you will not be continuing lessons.  Say, two to four weeks in advance.  There is no need to ramble on an elaborate story of why.  Don't make the discussion personal, and don't try to make excuses either.  Act professionally, and treat this as a business transaction. 
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Re: How can a student leave a teacher?
«Reply #3 on: August 30, 2013, 05:52:59 PM »
Earworm alert.

"The problem is all inside your head", she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your teacher

She said it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself, at the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways to leave your teacher
Fifty ways to leave your teacher

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Ooo slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

She said it grieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you smile again
I said I appreciate that and would you please explain
About the fifty ways

She said why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe in the morning you'll begin to see the light
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your teacher
Fifty ways to leave your teacher

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free
Tim