How to acknowledge my long-term leavers?
Posted 20 June 2019 - 17:17
Posted 20 June 2019 - 17:43
Wouldn't a few warm words at the concert, telling the audience about their future plans and mentioning any particular high points, be enough? I don't tend to give my leaving students cards or presents, but if I did I would do it privately at their final lesson. I did once give a Parent of the Year ( decade ) Award, but that was for an exceptional Piano Mum, whose 3 boys I had taught over a period of 12 years. That was very much a one-off. I don't really like it when a concert becomes combined with an Awards Ceremony, though I know some teachers like to do this.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 18:22
Posted 20 June 2019 - 19:21
I did a certificate for someone once, listing all their achievements (musical and humorous) over the years. Including the cute things they said when they were small "I can't find my pulse today" and "I can't rub my theory homework out again - there's no paper left!"
Posted 20 June 2019 - 21:50
If anything they should be giving you acknowledgement for helping them get to where they are today.
Posted 20 June 2019 - 23:57
In these circumstances I have been given some amazing gifts - but the lovely messages in the cards are the best thing.
Posted 21 June 2019 - 09:11
I have said a few words at the end of year concert- almost always pushing back the tears. I have given an anthology of pieces chosen with the particular pupil in mind - just something to encourage them to go on exploring music. But I give the present at the last lesson, not in public - with one notable exception - my one and only Grade 7. That was a couple of years ago when he was the only one leaving and was a very popular young man much admired by my other pupils. He gave me a hug and a lovely bouquet and made a little speech thanking me - it was a surprise that got the tears welling up yet again.
I know how you fee funkiepiano. Life moves on rather hectically for these young people but they will never forget you.