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Re: Clothes for teachers?
Stanny #1909703 06/06/12 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Stanny
I will wear "nice jeans" to teach in (very dark wash, or white).


same here. No shorts in the summer, dressy capri's are it. I feel more professional when I dress up a bit more.

except for Saturday group lessons, then I will wear jeans.

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what do you do on the floor with the kids?


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Games! Plus, I often kneel next to them to get on their level. I really don't like leaning over them. I usually sit at a second piano, so when I need to be next to them, I usually am down on one knee.


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I do the same thing as Minniemay. I am always up and down at lessons especially with the 4 - 8 age group. I spend at least 1/3 of the lesson on the floor or moving around with games and theory activities. It just doesn't make sense to me to "dress up"

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Ideas about dressing up differ. For me, my entire wardrobe is casual wear that can be tossed in the laundry. What I mean by dressing up a little, is being neat and clean and wearing one of my better pairs of sandals. It does not mean I'm in a suit (I don't own one) and wearing a string of pearls (don't own pearls either).

My sister is a lawyer and wears suit, pearls, heels. What I call "dressing up a little" is what she would wear on a Saturday to clean out files.

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For me, my entire wardrobe is casual wear that can be tossed in the laundry. What I mean by dressing up a little, is being neat and clean and wearing one of my better pairs of sandals.

This is exactly how I am. I always buy dark wash jeans, because I've always thought they are acceptable for work. If I find a casual shirt that I like, and looks modest and somewhat 'above' the average t-shirt, I'll buy it in several different colours (true story... lol). I'd rather be able to get up in the morning, get dressed, and go straight to work from running around knowing that what I have on is appropriate.

And in response to a poster earlier in the thread (sorry... I did not think to direct quote you here) who said that if they dressed up, students wouldn't recognize them or think something was 'off', when I showed up to lessons having been at Arts Festival all day with my voice students (i.e. black pants, dressier shirt, nice shoes), some kids asked me if I was always going to dress like that for lessons! I asked them if they thought I should, and they said 'No... you don't look as fun this way'. Needless to say, I don't feel so bad now sticking to my jeans and flip-flops! smile

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I LOVE this part!
Originally Posted by MrsLois

And in response to a poster earlier in the thread (sorry... I did not think to direct quote you here) who said that if they dressed up, students wouldn't recognize them or think something was 'off', when I showed up to lessons having been at Arts Festival all day with my voice students (i.e. black pants, dressier shirt, nice shoes), some kids asked me if I was always going to dress like that for lessons! I asked them if they thought I should, and they said 'No... you don't look as fun this way'. Needless to say, I don't feel so bad now sticking to my jeans and flip-flops! smile

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Yesterday one of my students, a seven-year-old, asked me why I was "all dressed up." What I was wearing:

A semi-dressy yellow cotton blouse, a necklace, some khaki cargo-inspired shorts, and wedge-heeled sandals.

I told her I just like to dress up and look nice. She told me that was weird.

So apparently it's all in the perspective. Maybe I should have worn sweats and been less "weird." LOL.


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I think that dressing nicely puts forth a much more professional image, no matter what kind of job you have.

I dress up the majority of the time, but once in a while I will just wear a nice shirt and some nice jeans. I believe it's important to put forth this professional image, but to not be so "legalistic" that I can't ever "dress down" on occasion.

Every bit of professionalism helps. It should help our students/parents to see that we take our job as a piano teacher seriously. And putting forth the effort shows that WE, too, take our job seriously. smile

That's my opinion on it. Of course, as mentioned, the most important thing is that we are doing our job as a teacher. Each person should do what they feel is right for their studio.

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I guess it all depends on our audience. I'm doing great in the clothes I wear, my studio is full, and my students and I are happy.


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I guess it all depends on our audience. I'm doing great in the clothes I wear, my studio is full, and my students and I are happy.


Exactly. Plus, I notice that in FL everyone dresses casual. Sandals everywhere, and mostly sundresses if there's a dress. Rarely do you see anyone really dressed up for work. I think for my kids it would make them feel uncomfortable if I dressed up.


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I guess it all depends on our audience. I'm doing great in the clothes I wear, my studio is full, and my students and I are happy.


Exactly. Plus, I notice that in FL everyone dresses casual. Sandals everywhere, and mostly sundresses if there's a dress. Rarely do you see anyone really dressed up for work. I think for my kids it would make them feel uncomfortable if I dressed up.

Yes. And last night when I walked, AFTER work, at NIGHT, it was almost 85F. The heat index was 92 at NIGHT.

And yes, this happens other places, but not for MONTHS. The way we dress INSIDE is largely determined by how we have to dress to GET from one "inside" place to another - with ending up bathed in sweat and stinking like a pole-cat!!! laugh

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I guess it all depends on our audience. I'm doing great in the clothes I wear, my studio is full, and my students and I are happy.


Exactly. Plus, I notice that in FL everyone dresses casual. Sandals everywhere, and mostly sundresses if there's a dress. Rarely do you see anyone really dressed up for work. I think for my kids it would make them feel uncomfortable if I dressed up.

Yes. And last night when I walked, AFTER work, at NIGHT, it was almost 85F. The heat index was 92 at NIGHT.

And yes, this happens other places, but not for MONTHS. The way we dress INSIDE is largely determined by how we have to dress to GET from one "inside" place to another - with ending up bathed in sweat and stinking like a pole-cat!!! laugh
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I usually wear a polo shirt or Oxford with dress pants or dark wash jeans. Just like some of the others, I kneel down next to my students for a good 1/4-1/3 of the lesson, so I need clothes that are easy to move about in. I never wear t-shirts, though, since I find that a bit unprofessional (even at my corporate job, only collared shirts are allowed on casual Fridays).


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i always dress modestly.. almost always wear the same clothing.. i have 3 pairs of the same brown jeans, and 4 shirts of the same variety.

kind of boring.


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i always dress modestly.. almost always wear the same clothing.. i have 3 pairs of the same brown jeans, and 4 shirts of the same variety.

kind of boring.


Sounds like what my grandmother used to say, "be discreet, say very little and wear beige".


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Sounds like a good way to get ignored. wink


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I'm just an old hippie but frankly I don't trust people who wear uncomfortable clothes ... I figure they're trying put on an act in order to fool someone

Of course I live in the Florida Keys ... I've gone to the fanciest restaurant in town wearing flip-flops, stained shorts and an old t-shirt with holes in it and no one batted an eye ... it's strictly come as you are here

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I wear clothing that is breast feeding friendly at the moment.


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I didn't even notice what my teacher wore at my last lesson.


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