xmas gift

Irene said: Dec 1, 2010
Irene Yeong160 posts

is it appropriate to give violin teacher, a gift during christmas?

Kim said: Dec 2, 2010
 39 posts

I hope so, because we always give a gift to our music teachers (piano and violin). :mrgreen: We usually have the kids write them out a card about why they like studying music with them (which the teachers always LOVE). And then give them some kind of gift card. I know our violin teacher loves the little coffee shop across the street from our music school. Our piano teacher this year requested people donate to our music school in lieu of a gift, so we’ll do that for him this year and still do the card and print out the donation in his name for him.

Another gift card idea which has been great for music teachers is a gift certificate to Sheet Music Plus …

Karra said: Dec 2, 2010
Stockholm 113 43, Sweden
51 posts

I get gifts from my students every year, and I love it. Except when the gift is sweets, that is. One year I got a pound of chocolate truffles, a small and a meduim box of specialty truffles, a fruit cake, 3 or 4 boxes of cookies, 1 bag each of homemade almond brittle and peanut brittle, and I forget what else. Bottom line is, there are some teachers who put up a sign that says “Please don’t feed the teacher”, and I know why. Gift cards are a GREAT idea.

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Diane said: Dec 5, 2010
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

Don’t take for granted that your teacher celebrates Christmas!
Any gift should be non religious in my opinion.

Thank you cards are my favorite thing to receive. I put a lot of thought into my teaching and the thank you cards re-fuel me. I’ve saved every card I’ve ever received and have a folder for “thanks” set up on my email inbox.

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Sara said: Dec 5, 2010
191 posts

Definitely it is appropriate to give a gift during Christmas! It sends a message that the student appreciates the teachers effort. It’s also a very good way to teach your child to think of someone else. Be sure to involve your student in some way according to their age ability. It’s a very good idea to have them write the card, or draw a picture or help choose the gift, or wrap it. Make them feel like it is coming from them. It will mean more that way.

P.S. In my opinion, don’t be afraid to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah”! :D

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Irene said: Dec 16, 2010
Irene Yeong160 posts

which gift do you like best? chocolate would be easiest.. everyone loves chocolate,, but i think she will be getting plenty of those. how about hand cream? is that too personal?

Barb said: Dec 18, 2010
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
685 posts

It is not necessary to give the teacher a gift, but it is a nice thought.

This year as a teacher I received: Mozartkugeln chocolates, a cello key ring, some tealight candles. Last year I got some home-made cookies. Hand cream might be nice as long as you know the teacher doesn’t have perfume sensitivities. I have trouble with heavily scented lotions. I love cello trinkets still, but I know a violin teacher who eventually got tired of all the violin trinkets. My husband is a school teacher and after many years he has too many mugs!

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