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It's Not You, It's Me: What If I Need to Switch Teachers?

December 14, 2022
















The connection between student and teacher is important – especially for a one-on-one environment (as in private lessons), as opposed to in a classroom setting. And this applies for any subject you’re learning, from music to dance to languages! If your teacher isn’t explaining things in a way you understand, or perhaps isn’t providing the encouragement you need,  it can make the learning process much more difficult.  Finding the perfect teacher – even if that means switching teachers at some point – is incredibly important to your success.

So what do you do if you need to switch teachers – and how do you know that this might be necessary? Keep reading to learn more!

What is a Good Excuse to Switch Teachers?

A good excuse to switch teachers is if you feel like you’re not learning anything in the class. What’s a good reason to switch teachers? Some common ones are:

  • Maybe the material isn’t being taught in a way that makes sense to you, or maybe the pace of the class is too slow or too fast. 
  • Maybe you just don’t click with the teacher’s personality. 
  • Another good reason to switch is if you’re not being challenged enough. If you’re breezing through the material and not being pushed to think critically, you might want to consider a different class. A good teacher will be able to challenge all students, regardless of their skill level. 
  • Finally, a good excuse to switch teachers is if you feel like you’re not being treated fairly. If the teacher is consistently singling you out for criticism or punishment, or if they’re making racist or sexist remarks, it’s time to find another class. No one deserves to be treated poorly, especially not in an environment that’s supposed to be conducive to learning. 

If you have any of these concerns, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for a change.

Consider signing up for music lessons on TakeLessons. Not only can you switch teachers whenever you need to, but you’ll also master all the basics of your chosen subject like what you see in the video below: 

How to Tell if You Might Need to Switch Teachers

Finding the right teacher can be a daunting task. You want someone who is experienced, knowledgeable, and patient, but who also challenges you to reach your full potential. Here are some signs that it might be time to switch teachers:

You’re Feeling Frustrated

If you’re feeling frustrated, or just plain “stuck,” we encourage you to speak with your current instructor first.  Communication is key – and the more your instructor knows, the better he or she can help you progress!  Sometimes, it’s as simple as adjusting what you’re working on.  Good teachers are open to feedback and will work with you to make sure you’re getting what you need out of your lessons.

But other times, it’s simply not a good match.

The good news?  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It doesn’t make you a bad student, and it doesn’t mean you should give up your goal of learning and mastering a new skill.  Sometimes, it’s just a matter of finding the teacher you click with the best.  Every instructor is different in terms of teaching style, communication style, and experience, and you may very well mesh with one over another.

Here are a few more good excuses to switch teachers.

Special Needs

If you have special needs, such as ADHD or dyslexia, your current teacher might not be equipped to deal with them. In this case, it’s important to find a teacher who can cater to your specific needs and help you learn in the way that works best for you.

Trouble Focusing

If you find it difficult to focus during lessons or practice sessions, and your teacher isn’t able to help you manage that, it might be time for a change. A good teacher will be able to keep you engaged and help you stay on track.

Want to Learn Specific Techniques or Genres

Similarly, if you want to learn specific techniques or genres that your current teacher isn’t familiar with, it might be time to switch. It’s important to find a teacher who can help you learn the style of music that you’re interested in.

You’ve Been Working with a Teacher for a Long Time – and Don’t Feel Challenged or Motivated

If you feel like you’ve been working with your current teacher for a long time and you’re not being challenged or motivated anymore, it may be time to switch. A good teacher will be able to adapt their teaching style to keep you engaged and challenged.

Your Schedule or Time Frame Can’t Be Accomodated by Your Current Teacher

Finally, if your schedule or time frame doesn’t fit with your current teacher’s availability, it’s time to find someone whose schedule is more flexible. A good teacher will be able to work around your availability.

What Are Not Good Reasons to Switch Teachers?

Many students will switch teachers at some point during their academic career. There are a variety of reasons why this may happen, but not all of them are good reasons. 

Some students may switch teachers because they are struggling in the class. While it is certainly understandable to want to make a change in this situation, it is important to remember that every teacher is different and that it may be just as difficult to adjust to a new instructor. 

Other students may switch teachers because they simply do not like the person they are currently enrolled with. However, this should not be a deciding factor, as it is more important to focus on the quality of the instruction than on personal preference. 

Ultimately, students should carefully consider all factors before switching teachers, as there are both pros and cons to making such a change.

How to Switch Teachers

Switching teachers can be a difficult and stressful process, but it is often necessary in order to find the best fit for your child’s needs. 

If you are considering switching teachers, the first step is to reach out to the new teacher and set up a meeting. This will give you a chance to get to know each other and discuss your expectations. 

Once you have decided that you would like to switch teachers, it is important to meet with the current teacher to discuss your decision. This conversation should be respectful and calm, as you will need to continue working together for the rest of the school year. 

With a little planning and communication, switching teachers can be a positive experience for everyone involved.

Is It Possible to Switch Teachers?

Here are some common examples of times when you may want to consider switching teachers:

  • You or your child has special needs, and your current teacher is not comfortable adjusting to them.
  • Your child is having trouble focusing, or your instructor isn’t used to teaching kids (it takes a lot of patience to handle an antsy child!).
  • You’d like to learn a specific technique or music genre that your current teacher isn’t able to teach you.
  • You’ve reached a level that your instructor isn’t comfortable teaching.
  • You’ve been working with one teacher for a very long time, and you no longer feel challenged or motivated.
  • You have a very strict schedule or time frame that your teacher cannot accommodate.

With the TakeLessons program, students are free to switch teachers when the need arises – let us know your feedback, and we’ll work with you to find a new teacher who better suits your needs, goals, and interests. The most important thing to remember is to be honest with the teacher you’re parting with, and also be honest with yourself and what you (or your child) need.

When you’ve found the right teacher, you’ll notice a difference – sometimes right off the bat.  And that’s what we’re here for!

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Suzy S.