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Offline pianoslav

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Teaching someone on their birthday
« on: September 11, 2016, 05:39:31 PM »
What do you do if you're teaching someone on their birthday? Do you give the student a gift or do anything special? Or do you not acknowledge it at all? What's you're approach? I'm teaching s student later today and I know it's his birthday. This happens once in a while with my students, when they choose to take lessons on their birthday.

Offline stevensk

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Re: Teaching someone on their birthday
«Reply #1 on: September 11, 2016, 06:03:01 PM »
I would play or teach "happy birthday to you..."  :D

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: Teaching someone on their birthday
«Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 07:41:06 PM »
My teacher had a birthday at a recital once, and celebrated by playing the intro to the Grieg concerto, then transitioning into Happy Birthday. Quite an amusing thing. ;D
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Re: Teaching someone on their birthday
«Reply #3 on: September 12, 2016, 02:01:06 AM »
Some people like the celebrations, others just want to get on with the business of the day, and there are those that don't like being the center of attention on their birthday.  I would suggest finding out how much this student likes to celebrate on their birthday, and from that decide what to do.  You wouldn't want to do something that is upsetting to your student. 

If they want to keep it low key, you do something like have them choose a fun piece to study. 
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Re: Teaching someone on their birthday
«Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 04:32:16 AM »
Thanks for the help guys! I appreciate the ideas. This student actually ended cancelling last minute, but maybe I'll do something the next I have a student with a birthday lesson.