When inheriting new students, there are ways to make the transaction healthy while retaining everyone’s dignity. You may feel as though the student’s previous teacher had no business teaching the violin (viola, cello, bass), but this is better left unuttered. Teacher-bashing never ends well. It won’t make you look more evolved or clever, but rather caddy and insecure. The world of string teaching is small, and what you say will come back to you in ways you can’t predict.
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