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I am really feeling guilty because I want to take the summer off from teaching lessons. I haven't mentioned this to my students. On the one hand, I know it is beneficial to them to continue during the summer months, and I risk losing some if I don't see them during the summer, but frankly, I have my own projects that need my attention and I'm a bit burnt out! I found that even when I chose two days a week to teach during the summer, It always conflicted with the students vacations so I would accommodate then and give another day, which only inconvenienced me--but I didn't want to lose them. I don't even feel the desire to teach ONE day a week, and say, if that doesn't work, we'll see if it can work for you the next week. Any thoughts?

-- rose (babenpansyrose@aol.com), March 14, 2005


Wow!! In the past I've tried to get students to take lessons during the summer with almost no success!

Actually it's very beneficial for them to take a rest for the same reasons as for you. I would just say," I will not be teaching in the summer to allow for a break. But everything will resume as per normal in August (September). "

I doubt you'll lose anybody. For those students who just can't get enough of you, you could offer them sewing lessons! Remember, change is as good as a rest.

All the best.


all the best

-- Anita (anitagreenways@hotmail.com), March 15, 2005.

Well, I assume that you will still practice during the summer, so why not just design a "summer package" of extra music for students to work on if desired?

I'm sure lots of students have other plans during the summer as well and will welcome the break.

-- GT (nospam@nospam.com), March 15, 2005.

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