When a Student Must Temporarily Suspend Lessons

Sometimes a student whose family suffers financial reversals must temporarily suspend lessons with you. (You do not give tuition-waiver scholarships.)

If this happens, encourage him to keep on playing even though he won't be seeing you on a weekly basis for a while.

Most students can subsist in this fashion for two or three months, particularly if you counsel the parents about what you are doing and engage their help in keeping the student going at home on a fairly-regular basis. Suggest home concerts, which the entire family will attend. Encourage the student to use skills in a community setting (school, church, etc.), which will help keep them sharp but also provide a "goal" for practice.

If the suspension is longer than this, perhaps the family can afford on lesson each month or two (at your normal fee) until the financial crisis is solved.

copyright 1998, Martha Beth Lewis, Ph.D.
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