I recently had to give up one of my guitar students due to work and my new school schedule. It was a hard decision to make because he was my favorite student. So of course I wrote a kind email and I received the following reply:
I hadn’t checked email in about 24 hours and just picked up your message. We certainly wish you all the best at Century–and beyond. I am intimately familiar with the excitement and challenges of returning to school as a “mature” student.
I respect and appreciate your assessment that Jxxx is ready for a new teacher. If you’re right about this, it is largely because you have done so much to move him along musically. I know he has enjoyed every single minute–and I mean this literally–of his time with you as his teacher. And I have greatly enjoyed listening to you guys play together. As I’ve said, sometimes I felt as though I should have paid for a ticket!
I’m sure Jxxxx will be sad to read your message (which I will share with him when he gets home from school), but I know he will also be very pleased to read your words of praise. I will encourage him to print-out a copy of your email and stick it in the storage compartment of his guitar case. I suspect it will be there for years–or decades–to come.
I hope our paths will continue to cross somehow in the future. Perhaps you would still consider letting Jxxxx join you for a coffee-house jam sometime in the next few months, if your busy schedule (and his) would allow. If you would ever like a reference as a guitar teacher–or as a high-performing, personable, and reliable employee–please do not hesitate to ask.
All the very, very best,
P.S. I have attached a picture that I meant to send a while ago. I hope you enjoy it–and you can hang onto it as proof of your influence on Jxxx if he ever “makes the big time”!
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