yes trina - that's what i was getting at - i heard one student once say that i 'yelled' at her - which i never do! <P>when she realised i heard, and i actually queried that comment, she laughed and said something to the effect that it felt like yelling, or something like that....what she was referring to was speaking firmly, maybe even 'demandingly', in terms of exhorting for more effort, in whatever it was - holding the leg, or whatever - but the voice was never even raised. <P>this was in a teeny tiny studio at my house, which echoes dreadfully: yelling would be very much out of the question!<P>the student was talking about feeling pushed, feeling something demanded of her - not actually about the level of my voice at all, but she quite happily, laughing all the time, called it 'yelling'....<P>teenagers!
<P>dear purple - i assume from your answer that you really DO mean 'yelling'? it also sounds like a pressured time at your school - quite likely the leadup to your end-of-year concert? things often get a bit out of hand, stress-wise, for everyone at that time, and i'm sure you'd like to finish out the year at your school, but maybe you should quietly try out a trial class, at one or two other schools, before the end of the year, just so you have something to compare with?