Referrals

Tanya said: Jul 12, 2017
Tanya CareyTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Glen Ellyn, IL
38 posts

One of my teacher trainees has moved to a new area. At my suggestion she called a Suzuki teacher to introduce herself. The teacher agreed to recommend her for names on her wait list for a percentage of the lesson fee. The teacher trainee asked me: 1. is this typical? 2. what should she do? Any suggestions out there? I have never encountered this.

Paula Bird said: Jul 12, 2017
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
394 posts

I have never encountered that either. Seems to fly in the face of the Suzuki community spirit, doesn’t it?

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Emily Morgan said: Jul 13, 2017
Emily Morgan
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Wilmington, NC
15 posts

That seems very fishy! Teachers should not have to pay other teachers for recommendations.

Edmund Sprunger said: Jul 13, 2017
Edmund SprungerTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Saint Louis, MO
99 posts

I’ve never heard of it; and I also wonder it it’s legal.

Edmund Sprunger
sprungerstudio.com
yespublishing.com

Joanne Shannon said: Jul 13, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
50 posts

I think that kind of thing is what separates her from the rest. I guess when you find out who you’re dealing with upfront you’ll know not to get involved with her in the future.

Ingrid Popp said: Jul 14, 2017
Ingrid Popp
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Saint Louis, MO
9 posts

I would never get involved in an arrangement like this. If I referred a student to another teacher, I would never expect anything more than maybe a simple thank you e-mail. I would imagine most students put on a waiting list will either find another teacher on their own or wait for an opening with the original teacher.
If your trainee has a listing on the teacher finder here, and advertises locally, I imagine many of the wait-listed students will find her anyway.

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