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Originally Posted by John v.d.Brook
T&V, the reason I suggest teachers discuss matters with both parents is that over the years, I've run into families where parent #2 actively tries to torpedo constructive activities initiated by parent #1. It's very sad. However, if parent #2 is overly vindictive and going to be working against you and the student, why bang your head against that brick wall?


Asolutely, I can imagine this, and I think the potential issues listed by others are useful to keep in mind too. I also take well the point that families with married parents can be just as issue-full!

This is actually my first time teaching the children of divorced parents, because I have spent the majority of my time teaching in a Catholic school and only taken on a handful of private students in the the last few years. The children in this case are the stepchildren of a close friend, who has heard me talk *a lot* about common issues I have with families over the past decade. She and her husband are also determined to make it work, perhaps all the more so because an earlier attempt with the eldest child didn't work so well.


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Just dashing in to say that my student with divorced parents appreciates that I have copies of all her music books, because often they are left at another home or vehicle!

I also found some carbon copy note paper with a cute print on it, that I use if she forgets her assignment notebook. That way, even with out the assignment notebook, I have a record of what we covered. She keeps the top white sheet, and I keep the yellow bottom in my files. Sometimes she actually staples her copy into the notebook when it is found. smile

She likes to talk, so I give her a few moments to "unwind" before we get into the lesson. She rarely practices (myriad of excuses, see list someone else posted above) but does enjoy lessons and I can gently push her to prepare for recitals.

I am paid through a school, so I have no idea about financial issues. I do know that we were a week into school before she was added to my list of students.

Do NOT talk divorce and issues with other students or parents.

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Update:

Spoken with both the girls, the father, & step mother. Both the Mother & Father are willing to purchase a piano for their own homes.

The interview went well. The girls were able to explain things to me better. Almost all my students parents have English as a 2nd language.

Thank you everyone for your input!


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