No Shows

Cheryl said: Feb 26, 2013
Cheryl Mahin
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Minnetonka, MN
1 posts

When a family doesn’t come to a lesson, and doesn’t let you know: do you call and ask what happened?
wait until the next lesson and ask? or just enjoy the paid time and play the piano yourself during that time!

Kiyoko said: Feb 26, 2013
 84 posts

I’d call and ask… You never know what might have happened. It might be something serious like an accident en route, or just a scheduling mix up.

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 27, 2013
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

I usually check to see if they have left me a phone or text message. If not, I email them at the end of the day. And if the previous student would like to stay a little longer, I usually have plenty of things to teach.

And then I practice, or get a snack, or take a short walk, or a 15 minute nap, or check my email, or something.

Lindsay said: Feb 28, 2013
Lindsay LogsdonViolin
55 posts

I enjoy my paid break! I used to be annoyed by no-shows, but now I just snuggle with my infant daughter during those times. At the following lesson I’ll say something like, “I missed you last week!” and leave it at that.

Lindsay—Violin teacher, homeschooling mama of four, small-time publisher
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Gloria said: Aug 9, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
70 posts

I check with the parent ahead if they would like me to call them if they are 10 minutes late and I have not heard from them. This way they understand I DO want them at the lesson, and I would rather they do not miss. Also, I occasionally remind all the parents to have the courtesy to call me if they are not going to be on time.

Elizabeth Friedman said: Aug 13, 2013
Elizabeth Friedman
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
49 posts

I normally wait 10-15 minutes, then call/text and say “I had you scheduled for a lesson at x:xx, and was wondering whether you’re on your way.” This helps the parent to understand that I was expecting them… and that obviously this will be an unexcused absence! And then I enjoy a little down time.

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