How to Change Music Teachers

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a family to dissolve the bands which have connected them with a particular music teacher, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Sorry for getting all Thomas Jefferson on you, but that’s what came to mind as I was trying to introduce our situation.

Siblings on a tree

Keep on hiking, no matter what life throws at you.

So what happened? We were not planning on changing our music teachers. Our children have been taking piano lessons from the same lady for five years. They were very happy with her methods.

On the other hand, we have been with our violin teacher for four years. Things were going well, until … well… they were not. Sorry, Declaration of Independence. Sometimes we just cannot declare the causes that impel separation. Suffice it to say that suddenly both studios’ policies disagreed with our family’s policies.

Sometimes studio policies change, especially as we deal with COVID-19. Other times, studio policies finally get enforced, taking everybody by surprise.

We tried dialoguing and coming up with compromises, but it was all in vain. As such, we had to part ways. With both teachers. Two totally unrelated incidents. In the space of a couple of weeks. It came as a surprise, but c’est la vie.

The world is big. Google searches still work. Asking for recommendations from friends still helps. Naturally, with a world pandemic going on, a lot of teachers offer online instruction, which is what we wanted.

We asked even better questions as we interviewed the new teachers, now that we know what kind of stuff can happen. And we got new teachers very easily. Let the music instruction go on!

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