I wasn't surprised to be given notice by this parent. Issues were bubbling under very soon after they signed up for lessons. Basically, I am now in the position of having discovered in the last lesson, that another teacher has been appointed, the tutor book was covered in annotations, and I am expected to carry on teaching regardless. The parent is well within their rights to move to another teacher, but clearly, I don't think the other teacher is aware that I am still expected to teach the youngster. Originally, I agreed to teach for another couple of lessons, then stop completely, as June is no longer possible due to school exams. Now I suspect, the other teacher is taking over. However, there are four lessons to be taken from the deposit paid a few months back. I am very inclined to point out, that as another teacher is now engaged, teaching the youngster in tandem is not a good idea, as the student was clearly confused at the last lesson, and I resorted to sight reading. The next lesson, has been cancelled due to a social engagement and the parent is still expecting me to add it to the remaining lessons.
The parent seems to be new to working with instrumental teachers, but expecting me to teach all the remaining lessons in the summer holidays, adding any which are missed to the schedule, and I am beginning to feel a bit perplexed. The student is a complete beginner, and I am wondering quite what the parent expects me to do. Should I just write and say, that as another teacher is now working with the student, any further lessons with me are not in the student's best interests? I am not inclined to offer a refund, as effectively, the parent has made it impossible for me to teach the lessons without going behind another teacher's back. I really do not feel at all comfortable. Normally, when another teacher is going to work a student, I spend the remaining lessons, supporting the transition, revising notation, and reassuring the student that they will settle down with the new teacher. In this case the transition has already happened.