I hope you enjoy this series of fictional scenarios about teaching music, and find it at times thought-provoking, familiar, and even humorous. We look forward to reading comments by yourself and other teachers at the end, about “what would you do?”
Anabel is very excited to be taking music lessons. She is a middle-aged adult and is committed to practicing. At her lessons she asks many questions, and does what you tell her as best she can. She takes notes in her notebook to use at home.
She understands your lesson polices, having printed them out from your policies page on your Music Teachers Helper website. Your policy is that a student has to pay for a lesson if they cancel the same day, or if they don’t show up.
Anabel is very particular about lesson times. She wants her money’s worth. She is not overbearing about it, but she lets you know that if you start her lesson 3 minutes late, she does not want to quit on time. She does not mind if her lesson goes a touch late, however.
One winter day, the day of Anabel’s lesson, there is a snowstorm in the morning. The snowplows are at work quickly and by Anabel’s lesson time, roads are reasonably clear.
One minute before her lesson time, your phone rings.
“Hi, it’s Anabel. Are the roads terrible?”
“No. They’re pretty clear. Just basic winter driving.”
“I know I’m supposed to be there, but I thought the driving would be bad.”
“Well, not that I can see. How is it out where you are?”
“Oh it’s not too good. And I think I’m getting a sore throat. You don’t want to get that, do you?”
“No, sounds like you want to stay home.”
“Can I get credited for this lesson?”
“Well, you’re canceling the same day, so the policy is that you’ll have to pay for this one.”
“Could I take my lesson over the phone?”
“Can I take my lesson over the phone? You know, we talk, I play, you comment — over the phone. Now. Since I’m paying for the time.”
OK, teachers! What would you do?
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