Post # 1
So, I teach private piano lessons in my students home and I forgot I had a lesson today. It was a fairly new student so our schedule just became a set thing. The reason I forgot was because my schedule has already been really crazy (it gets that way in the summer due to everyone going on vacations.)
I just remembered at 1am and I can’t even call them tomorrow because his grandparents who he lives with barely speak English, they are Vietnamese. Now I get to call my other student’s parent who connected them to me and have her relay my apology/explanation and try to set up a makeup time through her and offer reimbursal. SIGH
I feel so inadequate.
Post # 3
@wederly: Everyone makes mistakes. It’s okay. Just pick yourself up, do right by the people wronged, and make sure you don’t make this particular mistake again.
Post # 4
Thank you for replying. I was so tired and it was late which caused me to be a little bit melodramatic. Haha. I do feel bad but I am going to offer the student a free lesson, hopefully they can do a makeup today or tomorrow and if they can’t I will reimburse them for this lesson and also give them a free lesson next month.
Post # 5
I honestly think that is very fair of you and definitely would make up for it in my eyes.
I grew up playing an instrument, and there were those rare occasions when a teacher canceled at the very last minute if something came up (like we were getting ready to leave when the call came). One time my teacher was so late to the lesson that 3/4 of it was missed.
Stuff happens and as long as it’s not a habit, I don’t see why it should be a big deal, especially with the effort you’re putting in to make it right.
Post # 6
You should definitely offer a free lesson and your remorse should be enough. Mistakes happen, and as long as you are usually punctual and responsible, then I wouldn’t worry too much.
Post # 7
@wederly: I’m a piano teacher in the bay area too! Feel free to shoot me a PM and let’s chat! 🙂