I’ve been teaching harp for a few years now, although I’m still relatively green. At the beginning of the school year, it seems I’ll always get a student who will try for about a month, and then give up and quit. I also teach piano, and have many more piano students, and this NEVER happens with my piano students.
I also live in a city without many harpists, harps, or harp students. Getting materials for new students can be a hassle, so when a student quits so soon it can feel frustrating that I made all that effort.
What I’m wondering is, does anyone else have this problem? Do you tell your students you expect a commitment of a certain number of months? I feel like it’s not my demeanour, I make an effort to make everyone feel welcome and like they are progressing well, and my piano students don’t seem to have an issue with me. Am I being too strict about technique? (Not that you could know without being there for the lesson, but I wonder.) I also wonder if I should try different lesson books. Recently I’ve been using Sylvia Woods’ Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp because it doesn’t need levers and is easy to get where I live.
Anyway, all thoughts are appreciated!