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I can't afford lessons anymore #2658458 07/02/17 06:24 PM
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Hi I have had lessons for around 8months now and money is getting tight and I am struggling with money right now and I would like to quit my lessons. How do I say this to my teacher? I want to email her but what do I say that is polite and not rude? My English sucks and I would like to write something that is understandable.

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Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: Cutestpuppie] #2658459 07/02/17 06:27 PM
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Send this post (yours) to her.


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Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: rocket88] #2658460 07/02/17 06:31 PM
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lol :P

Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: Cutestpuppie] #2658461 07/02/17 06:48 PM
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Teachers deal with situations like this on a regular basis. There's nothing to offend her if you're short on money and want to quit indefinitely. Students come and go all the time, at least at my conservatoire.

Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: Cutestpuppie] #2658462 07/02/17 06:49 PM
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I would call your teacher rather than email her. That is less rude. Just tell her that you really enjoy the lessons, but unfortunately money is tight right now and you're struggling. You will therefore need to quit taking lessons starting xxxx
(I would personally make this a date in the future so that your teacher has a chance to fill your slot. ).


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Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: Cutestpuppie] #2658501 07/03/17 12:12 AM
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There are other options. You could reduce the frequency of your lessons. Or the length of your lessons. Or both. And there is always a chance your teacher will offer you some sort of scholarship arrangement. You need to think through these possibilities, I'd say, before you raise the issue.

If your English is a challenge, then I would write to your teacher instead of calling her.

Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: dogperson] #2658512 07/03/17 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by dogperson
I would call your teacher rather than email her. That is less rude. Just tell her that you really enjoy the lessons, but unfortunately money is tight right now and you're struggling. You will therefore need to quit taking lessons starting xxxx
(I would personally make this a date in the future so that your teacher has a chance to fill your slot. ).


I'd say this is the way to go. But unless you genuinely love your lessons and money really IS the issue, I wouldn't mention money.. I'd simply say that you can't find enough time to fit piano lessons into your schedule.

Why not mention money? Because unless you love those lessons, your teacher may be like me. And I'd work out a way somehow for a student who loved her music and was short of money to have those lessons. I've given partial "scholarships" .... lessons once a month ( but I sneak in a full hour ) or some other arrangement. If you're simply losing interest in this very difficult and time consuming learning process, then you'd be better off to simply thank her warmly. She'll understand. smile

Re: I can't afford lessons anymore [Re: TheHappyPianoMuse] #2658530 07/03/17 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by TheHappyPianoMuse

I'd say this is the way to go. But unless you genuinely love your lessons and money really IS the issue, I wouldn't mention money.. I'd simply say that you can't find enough time to fit piano lessons into your schedule.

Please don't say that if it is not true.

I've had good students stop because of money problems. It happens. No, I can't always work something out. I have to make a living. But if I know someone is serious, trying hard, and values what I do, my reaction is totally different.

Whereas "I just don't have time" makes me think: Fine, then I don't have time for you. Have a nice life...


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