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This may have been brought up before...
I just came to the realization that my teacher loves compliments. After my last lesson I told her how much I appreciate learning violin and what she has given to me; how much a gift it is and how violin has changed my life. She was so happy!!
So I think one awesome gift to music teachers is a compliment and appreciation.
What other kinds of gifts do you give or have you given to your teachers? Also, are there traditional times to give them gifts? I am sure Christmas is probably a good time. Are there other times that you give something?
I would be interested to see what others' ideas and opinions are on this.
- Pete -
My instructor is a struggling student. I give him tips periodically. The first time was when he had to cancel two lessons shortly after starting my lessons. He has school work and music productions to do associated with college. I expect this to happen, due to this circumstance. With all that going on, his days for make up lessons are limited, so makeups during the school year, I would assume are not easy. I already knew he was a great patient instructor, even though we had just started as instructor and student. I wanted to make sure he knew the occasional cancellation is expected, and that he is doing a good job. I paid for those two cancelled weeks, anyway, to encourage him to keep teaching. I will probably give him a tip at the end of Summer.
I also thank him after each lesson and let him know it was a great lesson. My husband thanks him, too. Of course, the better I can get, the nicer it sounds in the house! Let’s face it. A cello is heard all over! Maybe I should take up a collection from the neighbors for my instructor!
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
At the risk of blatant self promotion, I tip my teacher with our products: https://moonshadowsfarm.com and will also probably make a monetary tip at Christmas.
You guys are so thoughtful 🙂
I used to get these wonderful gifts from my students at the end of every lesson.
But seriously, I'm happy that you guys are complimenting and tipping your teachers. Way to go.
You (teachers) give us a great gift! To play one of these instruments. I know you like money.. that's a given. But honestly, (and don't tell anyone this) we can never adequately repay you for this, except maybe to pay it forward somehow.
- Pete -