Another plea for help

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by TaterTot, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. TaterTot

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    Maybe I have a hole in my head for asking the peanut gallery this, but here goes:
    I have always felt that part of my calling was to raise up/disciple musically church musicians. I have a private piano studio of 12 students. It has been larger but I have not taken any new students in the past year or so in order to downsize a little. This past year was chaotic as I began a new teaching position and as I tried to juggle the other responsibilities of church, motherhood, and pastor's wifing. Bottom line is this:
    There are 5 I want to keep as I see potential and a heart for worship in their musicianship. How do I get rid of the others? (4 of the 5 are church members, and the rest attend elsewhere.) ok, shoot away....
     
  2. Mishelly

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    Tell them the truth. Ask if they want to continue to learn and ask around to see if there is another teacher that you could refer them too.
     
  3. Gib

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    Cheryl did the same thing. She had 14 students. Went down to 9 and the next year went down to 5. Each time she explained her time conflict with the parents. She kept those who had seniority.

    She also researched other piano teachers that openings and gave that information to parents.

    Are these students from your church? If you cut one because they don't have as much potential, but they have been a student longer, thay may lead to other issues.

    My pianist at church is highly sought for private lessons. She has a limited number of spots. She has children waiting for an opening.
     
  4. TaterTot

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    Thanks, yall, for the suggestions so far. I thought about the seniority thing, and it would work except for one kid that I just cannot teach again this year. I have already talked to him and his (rather pushy) mom about his unteachable spirit, and she insists that he will do better this year.
    In our area, there is just a shortage of pianists and teachers. I have checked around for them, and I can find no one who is taking students. :(
     
  5. Gib

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    You could always give the rather pushy mom a going away gift

    View attachment 50
     
  6. TaterTot

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    Hey, isnt that the book you got from wife-ee-poo when she "fired" you from taking lessons? lol. I love that!!!
     
  7. PastorSBC1303

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    You are in the one in control, just tell them sorry, but I have to cut back.
     
  8. Gib

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    Nay, nay, Sha-nay-nay. I took piano before I ever met her. I was great at memorizing, but a terrible sight reader.

    I had to take piano in college. My professor told me I would never be a church pianst. I said, "Yea. What's your point?"
     
  9. TaterTot

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    Thanks yall. It worked out. :)
     

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