Well everyone, it's that time of year! Lots of stuffy noses, a couple bad flus, weird stomach bugs, and a partridge in a pear tree. Illnesses are making the rounds, which in turn means lots of student cancelations.
When asking yourself "should I go to my lesson tomorrow or not," it's usually good to start here:
Am I just coming down with something now, or have I had it at least 2-3 days?
Was I well enough to go to work?
If you are just coming down with your illness, even if you feel well enough for a productive lesson, my advice is: STAY HOME. You love and respect your lovely music teachers, yes? Well, shucks, we love you right back! But if you're contagious, we love you just a little bit less. The spirit of giving is totally the best part of the holiday season, but please keep those germs to yourself.
However, if you've had your bug for a few days, and if you made it into work, you're fine to go into your lesson. Come on down, bring your Kleenex and your bad self, and we can still make some beautiful music happen!
Now, the question for singers is more complicated—CAN I even sing with this illness? Whereas folks who have external instruments have less to deal with, singers ARE their instrument. Therefore, that question is a little trickier to answer, and it depends on the symptoms in question.