wait lists

Elizabeth Juliana said: Jan 4, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
Shoreline, WA
1 posts

I am a young Suzuki violin teacher…figuring out a lot of things for the first time!

I have a sort of awkward situation on my hands right now. Right before the Christmas holiday I received an inquiry about lessons. At that time my schedule was as full as it can be given my other students, other jobs, etc., so I told that to the family. I offered to let them know if I got an opening in my studio, but as I anticipated, they never responded to that email.

Over the holiday, two of my students quit unexpectedly, and now I would love an additional student! Would it be okay for me to contact the parent and let them know that I now have space? Or would that be improper/unprofessional/make me look like I don’t know what I am doing, since just two and a half weeks ago I said my studio was full?

I would welcome some advice from those of you who have more experience with the business end of all of this than I do.


said: Jan 5, 2010
 145 posts

Just email the family and say due to unforseen circumstances you have some free spaces after all. They wont be even interested in why, if they are enthusiastic to start the Suzuki method with their kid/s, they’ll just be happy they can have the chance to learn with you. Go for it and Good Luck !

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 5, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Yes—just inform them that you now have openings.

-Jenny Visick-

Laura said: Jan 9, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
358 posts

I’m sure that most parent would be happy just to hear that you now have openings, without hearing the reasons why.

Indeed, if they know that you are respectful enough not to discuss one family’s personal matters with others, then they have the assurance that you would treat them the same way too.

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