"Um, hello, this is Dave. Sorry to give you such late notice but I can't make our coaching this afternoon because my throat is a little sore and my teacher told me I should go on vocal rest for the weekend. Can we reschedule for next week sometime?"So what do you do? Reschedule the coaching for later and make up the lost income then? Or charge him for the lost hour and risk offending both him and perhaps his teacher as well?
This is one of the trickier questions I've come across in the freelance world, and although most music teachers (both private and institutional) have no problem charging students for lost lessons, collaborative pianists are usually expected to swallow their pride and dutifully ask when a good time might be to reschedule.
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