Please don’t try and tell me you’ve practiced. I’m not dumb, you’re not my first student, and I can tell. Lying to me only makes it worse, I promise.
Please don’t act like you understand what a LDR is unless you actually do. And no, your boyfriend being a 2 hour drive from you is not long distance. Sorry, but, you don’t understand.
Please don’t give me a litany of excuses, I don’t care, you’re paying me regardless. The only exception for this is if they’re funny and will provide good blog fodder.
Please don’t dig for information more personal than you deserve. If I want to volunteer it, that’s one thing, but if I’m throwing up stop signs, then stop.
Please don’t tell me that I’m not really married because I didn’t have a church wedding. Or that my marriage is somehow less because it happened at a courthouse and there was no white dress.
Please don’t forget to actually cancel your lesson. Just not showing up will piss me off and one day I just might decide to not show up.
Please don’t think that you know more than I do. I am 3 times your age, have been playing piano for twice as long as you’ve been alive and I’ve been teaching since before you were born.
Please don’t tell me that moving to Germany was a perfect substitute for a honeymoon. Unless you’d like to give up yours just for that too. Now, if you have given up your honeymoon to move here and you know what it’s like to finally just pick a vacation and call it your honeymoon, that’s one thing. But if you tell me one more time that living here is my honeymoon, I may slap you. Or just tell you that living here is your grand European vacation.
Please don’t expect me to pick up your portion of the check. I will not combat split a meal with you. I will pay for what I ordered, you can pay for what you order. No I don’t even want to trade turns in picking up the tab unless it’s for a special situation. You like to drink 3 pitchers of beer with dinner, I like my one coke zero. I don’t want to pay the difference and I shouldn’t have to.
Please don’t set up a time to chat/talk/whatever with me and then blow me off. It doesn’t make it likely that I’ll try again. I get that you have to get up early for the time, but I have to take time off in the middle of my day. Or I have to stay up late.
Please don’t push subjects past their breaking point. Learn when to drop a subject, I’d hate to have to drop you instead.
Please don’t forget to pay me. And could you please bring exact change? It’s not that hard.
Please don’t tell me I charge too much for lessons. I’m charging almost half of what I used to charge. I’m the lowest price you will find in this area.