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Old 05-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #1  
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I just got an email from one of my favorite piano student's parents saying that they will have to cancel piano lessons due to financial issues. I offered some options to reduce cost to hopefully retain them, but I'm not sure any of them will work.

Sigh, so hard when she is literally my BEST student. And her parents seems like the kind that would be offended if I offered free lessons (which I understand).

I guess on the plus size my evening is free tonight because of it, but yeh, that is a bitter sweet thought.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #2  
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Is there something she can DO for you rather than pay? Maybe some light chores or something? Something that maybe her parents could live with.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #3  
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Hey there 100Mother, I send my support to you. I study guitar and I have done it on and off, with lessons sometimes more frequently than others due to cost. I know my guitar teacher cares about me too, and it music is a great thing that can bring people together. That is so nice that you offered to give free lessons. If she stops taking lessons, I would be bummed too, but I like Vex's idea. Take good care of yourself.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:10 PM   #4  
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A barter is a great idea! One service for another! The student could maybe water your plants, take out the trash, do some dishes maybe? I call that a win/win! Tell them you've done that with previous students in the past and then maybe they won't feel self conscious about it (even if it's a little bit of a white lie). I hope it works out. Either way, you're very kind hearted to care about your student.
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Bummer! That is so unfortunate. That's awesome you teach piano though! Love the bartering idea suggested.
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I also vote for the bartering idea
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I like the bartering idea, but she is a little bit young. The parents are going to get back to me on the options I proposed.

Thank you all for your support!
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