Do you pay teachers in advance?


Jalpa Shah said: May 8, 2013
 1 posts

I have a piano teacher coming to my home for lessons. I paid her in advance for a month and now she is not showing up. Please advise on what should I do. Is there any website where I can leave a negative review of her?

Barb said: May 11, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
685 posts

Hi Jalpa,

Yes, many teachers require payment in advance. Since you have not had any replies I would guess your problem is fairly unique. You must find this frustrating—I know I would. Actually, I did experience the teacher not showing up at the school when I was a teen taking lessons, but my parents didn’t pay in advance, and at that time my feeling was more one of relief! I don’t know of any places to leave teacher reviews. Has your teacher given any explanations? So sorry you have experienced this problem.

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Lori Bolt said: May 12, 2013
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
262 posts

Unless the teacher works for a “music lessons” company of some kind, or belongs to a professional organization where you might give a negative review, you probably don’t have much recourse. It is not unusual for teachers to be paid in advance for lessons ~ I require it.

Lori Bolt

Paula Bird said: May 12, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

Contact your local justice of the peace office. This sounds like a small claims court case. Do you have any further information about this teacher? Is it a university student, a private individual, a member of a local piano Guild? How did you find out about this teacher? You might talk with the people who referred the teacher to you. You also might call the local police and ask for some advice. Oftentimes the police organization might be working on a series of investigations regarding con artists or scams, and your information may be helpful.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Emily said: Sep 21, 2013
 59 posts

Where did you find information on the teacher in the first place? If it was from a music store or similar you could try contacting them and letting them know as they may want to remove themselves from any involvement.

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer

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