Starting late but finishing on time

Irene said: Aug 7, 2011
Irene Yeong160 posts

Recently I find that my daughter’s violin lesson is starting late, like maybe 7 minutes later than scheduled but finishing on time. How do I bring up this matter to the teacher? I can’t help it but feel short changed. :(
I dont know how to bring up to her attention and not sound so strange.

Ruth Brons said: Aug 7, 2011
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
West Orange, NJ
150 posts

You do have every right to have this issue addressed.
You might start by asking if there is a better option for a lesson time, perhaps
one that starts 15 minutes later, to allow your teacher a catch-up break.

Irene said: Aug 7, 2011
Irene Yeong160 posts

Thanks Ruth. I’ll drop a line when I update her about my daughter’s weekly progress.

Irene said: Aug 7, 2011
Irene Yeong160 posts

I can’t wait till the weekly e-mail. I just e-mailed her teacher and told her .. quite straightforwardly that it is bothering me. I wrote as politely as possible but very straight to the point though, no beating around the bush. Let’s see how it goes.

Irene said: Aug 12, 2011
Irene Yeong160 posts

It went very well. Teacher explained and also said, she will make sure to teach my daughter 30 minutes. I thanked her for understanding. Case closed. Phewww… I panic big time when I wrote to her, a whole lot more difficult than walking to my boss and asking for a raise. It is easier to find another job than to find a good teacher for my daughter. Thanks Ruth, your reply assured me that I should addressed the issue.

Nightingale Chen said: Aug 25, 2011
Nightingale ChenTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
44 posts

Remember Dr. Suzuki said never teach by the clock! Unfortunately we are all bound by the time, especially when we teach in the Summer institutes, one-hour-lesson actually means 50 minutes, and half-hour-lesson means 25 minutes, so the students will have time to walk to next class and all (including the teachers) can use the restroom. Your daughter must be so bright and a fast learner that the teacher easily finishes all her teaching points before the time is up and felt confident to send you home. :) A few minutes give and take is very normal! Of course it is easier to say than done, I never finish my lessons on time and always go over, but that doesn’t mess up the time for the day because I only choose to teach a few students a day. I am getting better by just being over a few minutes; I am also overlapping the kids time a few minutes back to back by having them playing something together and they love it. It is good for the students to sit in and observe others’ lessons and nobody complains about my habit of losing track of time—it is to their advantage. I am glad that you keep the communicating channel open with your teacher and brought your concern to her. She sounds like a wonderful and caring teacher!

Irene said: Aug 26, 2011
Irene Yeong160 posts

Nightingale Chen—Thanks for your comment.. Yes, she is a wonderful teacher… I would not want to jeopardize the Suzuki relationship for something like this.. :)

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