It's quite likely that I'll be switching violin teachers soon, assuming that my trial lesson with the teacher I observed today goes well. I have several reasons for wanting to do this, but the primary ones are that my current teacher doesn't give me enough direction---she's more like a coach than a teacher---and she doesn't have recitals or any other performance opportunities for her students. Nonetheless, I have a wonderful relationship with her, and I don't want to hurt her feelings by leaving. What is the best way to tell her my plans? I assume I should do it in person rather than over the phone; should I do it at the beginning or end of a lesson? Is it reasonable to "give notice" and have a few more lessons with her after I've announced my intentions so the loss of income isn't abrupt? (I don't think her financial situation is such that it would be a hardship, but after all, companies give you severance packages after they lay you off...) How much should I volunteer about my reasons for switching teachers, or should I just wait for her to ask me?
I'd especially appreciate input from the numerous teachers here; I'm sure there are both good and bad ways to do it and I want to handle it well. Thanks!
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