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Was anything signed please?
I believe that I signed an agreement in January 2013, but it now appears from my files that I probably should have signed another agreement in September 2013 (being the beginning of a new school year - so thereafter I believe the only paperwork betweeen us were the invoices which I always paid virtually on the day. Otherwise I do have one report from the violin teacher which commends my daughter as a good student and she confirms the Target of Grade 8. I forgot to mention earlier that at the disastrous recital this particular teacher actually messed up completely because she changed the music copy before the recital and because this was a GCSE exam this would have immediately penalized my daughters performance (another damage done by this woman). Interesting when I spoke to the Music organization and asked who was my partner they replied it was the teacher.
What do the contracts say about tuition and Grade 8 please?
The contract is a standard contract setting out payments, attendance terminations etc (there was no space for individual demands). However I made it perfectly clear when I engaged the violin teacher that we only wanted to study Grade 8 (3 set pieces and the scales) and she agreed to do this although I admit this was a verbal agreement and which she kept until the lesson after the recital when she decided without consulting me to choose another piece of music and not to support the Grade 8 exam which my daughter was due to take in June. The music organisation only produces a report once a year - so I have one report dated June 2013:
Teachers comments. ..."I am pleased to be working on the grade 8 repertoire with her because she has shown herself to be a very dedicated and hardworking student. .....
Target: Grade 8
I understand that the terms and conditions mentions a notice period, but I would like to know if I am still bound to the contract (assuming I signed one) if the teacher has failed to honour our side of the agreement: It was not part of our agreement to start a new agenda which was clearly going to cost us extra time and expense and in my mind the teacher was also breaking our agreement by announcing that she would not support my daughters Grade 8 exam - quite astonishing after months of hard work and telling my daughter that she was capable of getting a distinction) so I decided to limit the damages by stopping the lessons immediately. I had no choice I would have to find another teacher in order to continue the grade 8 exam and I clearly didn't want to be paying for something for which I did not agree to. I called the music Dept and told them to inform the teacher. The whole exercise has resulted in a lot of emotional and financial damage to ourselves.
Do you mean can you CANCEL the contract or do something else please?
I mean if the teacher has not fulfilled our agreement am I entitled to cancel the contract without notice because I would be paying for something which was not agreed.
Yes you could do that.
If the teacher is in breach of contract you could certainly cancel it if the purpose of the contract is now void.
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Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
That is correct.
Does this clarify matters?
Yes that is correct, but clearly you can't continue to send your daughter to lessons
Yes of course.
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