This has been brewing for a long time. Usually, when I teach, I've done so with relatively little interference, which obviously leads to the best results.
However, there is one teacher who teaches group lessons in public schools who keeps interfering with the lessons. The teacher loved the results I was able to get with my students, but because I don't do things the way they do, they got very upset and started sending home all my students bad evaluations. They'll pick apart my students' playing and say I must be a horrible teacher, when in fact I'm just waiting for the right time to introduce certain concepts (plus, some concepts I simply teach differently). Funny thing is before they discovered I did things differently, they loved my students' playing and recommended me very highly.... hence why I now have bunches of students who have this teacher at school.....
Anyway I basically explained to the parents where the teacher comes from and where I do and for the past few months things have been okay. The teacher couldn't convince the parents to leave me as a teacher since the kids are happy, improving, and sound good..... but now, the teacher is turning to my students.
This week a student of mine confided in me the teacher verbally attacks them. The teacher tells this student to position themselves in such a way that they are actually in pain! Then when they don't do it, she screams at them. This past week the teacher said, "but you're actually listening to what your teacher is saying!" The teacher wanted them to do as she said instead. I couldn't believe my ears. Isn't that the point of private lessons instead of just school lessons? The teacher seems to like absolute control and absolute say over every aspect of their technique. The students aren't disobeying the teacher; they listen for things like what bowing, tempo, to use, etc.... but the teacher is trying to teach the students technique in group lessons and have that advice take precedence over lessons. The teacher obviously has no respect for me and has stopped giving my name to people... downright goes around telling people not to study with me and is trying to ruin my reputation..... I guess that's the teacher's prerogative, but to attack my students feels to me not only unprofessional, but unethical. I really feel for these defenseless little kids being put in such an unfair situation.
My question is, what do I do with the students I have left of the teacher's? What do I tell them to do when the teacher reams them out and insists on doing things in such a way that they end up in pain and/or extreme discomfort and/or in some cases, can't even play in the position the school teacher wants? I've told the students AND parents common sense things. But I am getting such disrespect from the person at school that it's really interfering with the lessons and it really peeves me as a person, to be treated so unprofessionally. What would you do in this situation? I'd rather not leave the students, because they have been making good progress with me, I have a good working relationship with them, and I enjoy teaching them. How do I make the best of it?
Oh to add to complications.... I know most people know that you study with only one person at a time.... but these are beginners (well.... some of them no longer play like beginners anymore!), and they (and their parents) don't know this is the case.... they've known the public school teacher for longer and so therefore have a great trust with this person before ever beginning lessons.... I have to tread very carefully..... so anyway, would appreciate some advice, especially from anyone who may have found themselves in this unique and challenging situation.
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