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I´ve been with my current teacher since march, so not so long and I did buy a little present which I handed to her at our last lesson a few days ago - just a box of pretty high-quality chocolates. I think besides being just a student and a teacher, we also become "friends" and we´ve spent some time talking about things not related to piano. I too appreciate that she plays for me from time to time her repertoire pieces - for example, my favorite Chopin´s op. 10 no. 4 last time which was quite an experience to hear live smile All this of course outside of my lesson time so sometimes I find myself spending 90 minutes there instead of the 60 a pay for (and I felt bad about that ...).

I´d like to know whether your relationship with your teacher is strictly professional or if there´s something more. And did you buy a Christmas gift for your teacher? smile


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Yes! We purchased an Orchid plant from a grocery store, along with a card to express my gratitude for having her as a teacher.


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I was actually planning to also give a gift to my teacher too. I can relate on the extended lessons. I usually talk a lot and have questions and often we run long and it’s very generous of him sounds like your teacher also gives you some extra time.

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No,

With the lockdown we use zoom for the piano lesson but I'll send her a virtual card Friday.



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bSharp(C)yclist: The orchid was a good idea!

Serge88: The lockdown is the reason my teacher has so much more time now - all her concerts were canceled and a few of her students stopped the lessons for the time being (they don´t even do zoom). I understand this virus is a serious issue for some students and some teachers. I am 23 and my teacher is like 13 - 15 years older (no health issues) so we agreed on continuing the f2f lessons.
Hope this whole thing is over soon so we can all get back to our normal lessons!

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I didn't this year and I haven't in the past. I have been with my teacher for about five years now. We do chat now and then about off topic things and I think we would call each other friends. However, we do make an effort to keep the lessons as lessons. I would give her a gift as a token of appreciation if I stopped lessons or perhaps for some other non-recurring event.


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Yes, I sent my piano teacher an e-gift card. It's practical. Nothing more to say about that. grin

I think our relationship is professional but a "good" professional. I know teacher/student relationships are more than "business" relationships but I try to keep things professional because from my experience, when money's involved, getting too "friendly" can get a little complicated. I've lost friends because I entered into business relationships with them. I don't want to lose my teacher so I prefer to keep it professional with her.


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In my youth I used to give my teacher a bottle of whisky at the end of the year. In recent years his surviving family asserted he had no drink in the house so he must have hidden it somewhere and got it down surreptitiously as I know he liked his drop.


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I’ve been with my teacher for 3 yrs. I gave her a Visa gift card which I put inside her Christmas card and gave it to her at my last lesson. We stay pretty professional.


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We stay mostly professional. I have been with him for 9 years and it is now through Zoom. I usually give him a gift but this year i gave him an extra check equal to one lesson. I know he is having a hard time since teaching usually accounts for only about half his income. However with Covid performing and accompanying are not available anymore. I am taking 1 1/2 hour lessons and he only charges me ten more dollars for the extra half hour and then sometimes goes over that. I am fortunate to be able to keep my job and work from home.


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