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#2260786 - 04/12/14 06:17 PM Teacher and Performer
chococo Offline
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How do you manage scheduling?

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#2260805 - 04/12/14 07:00 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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I've tried to keep all my regular appointments (lessons, regular rehearsals and coaching sessions) to a few designated days. Then for the gigs which come up, if I have any say in the date I can specify "not Wednesday or Thursday", for example. If it's something I really want to do and it clashes, I reschedule students and others. My students are aware of this possibility from the start, and are happy with either another date, or a credit. But I find it surprising that even though at times I'm extremely busy with performing gigs, they very rarely interfere with my scheduled lessons.
Du holde Kunst...

#2260812 - 04/12/14 07:06 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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Also, most of my performing engagements seem to be weekends and evenings, so there's no clash there as I only teach weekdays, with no evenings at all.
Du holde Kunst...

#2261318 - 04/14/14 12:15 AM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: currawong]
chococo Offline
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Isee. I should reconsider it...Thank you very much!!

#2261334 - 04/14/14 12:53 AM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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Most of my performances are weekends, and I don't normally teach on weekends. If I have a gig that pays well but conflicts with a lesson, the gig does get priority.
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#2261447 - 04/14/14 08:01 AM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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Same a currawong, I try to not schedule students when I have rehearsals or performances to begin with, or if I do, I let them know it will change and we try to find another time that works. Usually I can get everyone in before I have rehearsal. I take Fridays off and sometimes can fit students in there once in a while.
private piano/voice teacher FT

#2262359 - 04/15/14 08:53 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: Morodiene]
chococo Offline
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Thank you for sharing. It is helpful. I had a hard time for scheduling last month. Changing will not be easy but I will try one at a time. Hope I can manage well balanced schedule.

#2262497 - 04/16/14 08:11 AM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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As a student I find value in having a teacher who is a performer, and the occasional inconvenience in scheduling doesn't bother me.

But my needs would be very different from average. I would expect many parents would find it difficult.
gotta go practice

#2264111 - 04/19/14 02:19 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: TimR]
chococo Offline
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That is helpful opinion. Most of time, private students are flexible. But parents from music schools have different perspective. They don't want teachers to have long time off or a lot of sub teachers.

#2264637 - 04/20/14 04:29 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: chococo]
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My last piano teacher--- one of the better ones I've had--- was also a performer. Since it was possible for me to be somewhat flexible with our regular appointments, it was not so difficult for him to also schedule performances. On occasions when he needed a page turner, I used to do this for his rehearsals and performances. It was a good experience; it opened a of of doors, and I discovered that there is a lot of live music going on in our quiet little town. Without this relationship, I would never have known about it.

I would say that it could be a good thing to encourage your students to come to the local performances, even if they don't have a 'job' there.

Besides the local insider knowledge, I learned how well-respected my teacher was by the groups he worked with, and that is never a bad thing to know.

#2267423 - 04/26/14 03:29 PM Re: Teacher and Performer [Re: Jeff Clef]
chococo Offline
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That is a good point. Thank you very much!


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