We do need to discuss a rather touchy topic as it relates to being busy. I've been doing this job for 31 years now and have seen the school community grow and change. A current trend, not only here, but at many schools across the country is to overbook students into too many activities and then try and juggle impossible schedules.
Some activity always gets shortchanged, someone gets left out, something important gets left undone, or performance quality is sacrificed because we can;t be in two places at one time.
Currently, we are fortunate to have some FANTASTIC private teachers and clinicians that work with us at Pope. We are in IMMINENT danger of having them leave us because of the excessive numbers of students who get double booked and fail to communicate until the last minute. When you enter an agreement with a private teacher or when we hire someone who is trying to accomplish something with a group, they can't do their job effectively without the learners in attendance.
What the private teachers do here is their job, It's their paycheck. Imagine if you went to work tomorrow and the boss told you "several others are not coming in today, so you won't get paid." Likely you would be upset, because you were there ready to work and couldn't (and lost money) because others didn't show up. This is what happens when lessons get cancelled at the last minute or people pull a "no show" for scheduled activities.
Our teachers are in demand. They can (and just might) go teach at other schools where the students are eager to learn and show up for their scheduled activities. When it happens, it will be hard to convince other teachers to come here due to the network of the music community and the word that will spread that "Pope will let you down".
We don't want to start down this path...but I fear that we have already paved the way...let's try to do a better job of following through with commitments and being consistent...especially when it affects someone else. PLEASE help us keep quality instructors in our program!!! Plan carefully and communicate in advance. Thank you.