A humorous set of testy circumstances
The relationship between the piano teacher and parent is a work in progress. Nothing should be taken for granted.
Here are various case scenarios and categories:
I. The Arm chair teacher-parent, aka the back seat driver equivalent
Description: Parent sits in during the entire lesson providing an unsolicited running commentary on child’s playing.
He/she will bellow out note corrections and beat reinforcements. (This parent will often hand the teacher a recommended curriculum with a detailed list of repertoire)
On occasion he/she will come to the piano and red-line or circle notes that were incorrectly played.
Teacher’s jaw is dropped, and she’s nearly stunned into silence.
Remedy to restore teacher/parent equilibrium:
Remand parent to observer status with a follow-up e-mail defining clear-cut boundaries during piano lessons.
II. The Stage Parent, Type A
Stays for the complete lesson and often comes ten minutes early to shower teacher with plans for child’s future…
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