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.