A little something to think about

When I start lessons with a new student, my lesson policy sheet states very clearly how I handle canceled lessons. When I have to miss a lesson, for any reason, I do not charge for that lesson. However, when one of my students has to miss, I do not guarantee a makeup. I’m willing to try, but it doesn’t always work out. I’m lucky that all the wonderful parents in my studio do not have a problem with this policy. I know that there are some people out there who don’t really understand why private music teachers have this rule. I came across a great article that day that talks about this very thing from a parent’s perspective. It’s so good that I really wanted to share it.

http://ottawasuzukistrings.ca/makeuplessons

Happy Wednesday!

Suzuki World Convention

Sometimes I think as a teacher, and you as students and parents, as we go about our daily lives, we forget why we’re doing this. And by this I mean Suzuki violin lessons. Daily practice is a challenge and it becomes very difficult to keep the big picture in mind when we spend so much time focusing on the little things. But, it’s important to remember that all these little things we do every day are what keep the big picture beautiful. So today, I just wanted to post a little reminder of that big picture. The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention began this week in Japan. Here is a video that shows some of the different parts of the convention. Please share with your student as a reminder that kids all over the world are doing what they’re doing and it really is beautiful!