If I were teaching you, don't lay your money in my hand and go out the door the way you came in, if you don't like the way I teach. Otherwise, I expect you to follow my instructions and be ready to perform solo in a public recital or other appearance within one year. Too, I expect 5 other days of a minimum one hour practice at home or somewhere other than the weekly lesson venue. If you leave, I look at such prospect this way, there is always someone else that wants me to teach them. I now know of three that want me to ... simply because there is no one else nearby who will. However, I am taking the summer to recover my capability to demonstrate. Am I to ready them for high school band ? Presently, that is an issue that irks my craw as I do not now believe that is a worthy goal, but what alternative is there in this rural area? All I can say is that a student must have the passion to play. One boy asked me to teach him salsa music and he didn't have any instrument. All I could tell him was that I teach about all the rhythms, but he'd need an instrument before I could commit. I've not seen him since, but I'm told he lives approx 9 miles away and bicycles into Jackson once a week to buy 2 1/2 gallons of heating / cooking kerosene.