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Gottagetthrough posted 1/28/2014 22:25 PM

We homeschool, partially to do interesting things like music lessons. My child takes an instrument and likes her teacher. I like her teacher, too.

I just got an email asking to change our daytime lesson to an evening lesson, since this person just got a job. ( I guess me paying $300 a semester for these lessons doesn't count as their job)

I wouldn't mind as much If this was at the end of the year, but this is the beginning. I have planned activities around this lesson ( we travel close to an hour to this lesson, so the 30 min lesson really takes me 2.5 hours)

I will not be using this place again next year, but I want to get through this semester. I hate to change teachers... Or be a bitch and say, we made a schedule, I need 10 am on Mondays or I want my money back. (Which is what I really want to say!)

TattoodChinaDoll posted 1/28/2014 22:26 PM

Do you live in Jersey? Come see me!

If it's a music school with a bunch of teachers, the teacher is probably seeing very little of the money you pay. When I had left teaching music in public school, it was right when the economy went to hell in a hand basket. I was hoping to have some private students of my own but no one was going to pay the price I would charge considering my schooling and experience. I went back to teaching privately at a school in 2009 that I had taught at from 2000-2005. There was some level of consistency and they were the ones finding the students. I believe that it comes out to $32 dollars for a half hour lesson once a week at the school I teach at. While I would have charged at least $45. The turn over for teachers at a music school is high. Many are performers...not teachers and end up not wanting to teach. Some are just on their way to finding public school jobs. If its at a school they should be trying to accommodate you! If it is a private teacher in a home then what they did is just inconsiderate. I like to plan my life too and I would give that same opportunity to my clients. Anyway, my point is that if you do go to a school, be prepared for this to happen but the school should be doing their job of trying to keep their clients.

[This message edited by TattoodChinaDoll at 10:41 PM, January 28th (Tuesday)]

Pentup posted 1/28/2014 22:34 PM

Asking for your money back when they are changing the original agreement is not being a bitch. Tell them that time does not work for you so If they can not accommodate your original agreement you would like a refund.

karmahappens posted 1/28/2014 22:35 PM

Or be a bitch and say, we made a schedule, I need 10 am on Mondays or I want my money back. (Which is what I really want to say!)

Um, and this makes you a bitch why?

Is there really no music teacher closer? I would inquire with the local high school band teacher. I bet there are juniors and seniors in band that excel at their instrument and could teach your child plenty for a very reasonable cost.

Nature_Girl posted 1/28/2014 22:42 PM

Asking for a refund is not being a bitch. It's being a good mom & steward of your money.

Gottagetthrough posted 1/28/2014 22:44 PM

I don't know, I just am part a wuss, and part don't want to dissapoint my kid ( who likes these lessons)

Yeah, I need to find someone closer, I didn't realize how far this would be, traffic makes it worse.

Its also an instrument that's not as common, if dd wanted to take piano I'd have 10 teachers within screaming distance

I think I might just ask for a new teacher. They have several teachers, so hopefully someone can do a daytime lesson

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