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Perks of Being a Piano Teacher

By Pam Asberry

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This is what I found this at the top of my stairs on Friday afternoon, at the end of a long week of piano teaching. It won’t help me pay the mortgage but a hundred-dollar bill wouldn’t have made me any happier. Over the years, I have  collected a boxful of cards, notes and artwork I have received from my students and their parents; one of these days, I intend to organize them into a scrapbook. Such wonderful memories!

It’s just one of the perks of being a piano teacher. Have you received any great job-related perks recently?

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Marilyn Baron - September 24, 2013 - 12:31 am

That was a great letter. Thanks for sharing it.

In the past, perks from my job have included traveling to some very interesting places in Europe, including Wales, Norway, Italy, the Caribbean, and around the U.S. for projects like annual reports, and customer magazines, but not recently.

Mary Preston - September 24, 2013 - 4:56 am

Working with very young children my days are filled with hugs, cuddles & kisses. Really just babies still.

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 7:08 am

It’s a treasure, Marilyn! But wow, those are some fabulous trips you’ve been on! Wonder if I could get my piano students’ families to take up a collection and send me somewhere? ;-)

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 7:08 am

That sounds awesome, Mary! Kids are great!

Susan carlisle - September 24, 2013 - 9:29 am

I’ve received a number of notes from people who have appreciated my book about my son’s heart transplant. Those are worn a million dollars.

Maxine Davis - September 24, 2013 - 9:57 am

I don’t blame you. Keep that one forever!

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 9:59 am

I will, Maxine! :-)

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 10:00 am

I can only imagine, Susan!

Carol Burnside - September 24, 2013 - 2:10 pm

What a sweet note to add to your collection. The only perk I can think of lately is that my daughter liked three of the scarves I crocheted enough to take them for her own. One in particular she fell in love with. That was gratifying to know I’d made something she will wear again and again.

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 4:12 pm

My mom crocheted a scarf for me last spring; it quickly got too warm to wear it but I am looking forward to putting it on again soon!

Sandra Elzie - September 24, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Well, I no longer work…but I do a lot of volunteer stuff for my church and for the members. I’ve gotten cards and even gift cards, but the nicest perk was a plant…that I still have…and still reminds me that someone cared enough to give a living gift that keeps on giving.

Congrats on your card, it’s very sweet.

Pam Asberry - September 24, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Plants are awesome, Sandy. I still have a peace lily that our pediatrician gave us when we lost our daughter. I think of them – and her – every time I see it.

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