I'm a private music tutor, female and in my late 30s. I've taught privately since i graduated around 18 years ago. I've felt for some years now that i put much more in than what i get back with many students and it leaves me feeling drained a lot of the time. With iPads and all the other "exciting" gadgets nowadays, it's getting more difficult to get young kids interested and keep them interested in learning an instrument. A lot of them do so many other activities too that they really don't have time to practise. Today though, three things kind of bothered me a bit. I should say that I've not been sleeping well recently and am not feeling too good, so it's maybe just an overreaction because of that. A retired man i've started teaching seems to get a bit annoyed at me whenever i help him if he makes a mistake. I'm now just letting him make mistakes and fix them for himself rather than be snapped at. I'm not doing my job though and this bothers me a little. This has happened once before to me with an older, retired professional man who ended up leaving. He always mentioned how i was so young compared to him. With another student after, i was pointing to a bar of music on her book and telling her about it and was aware her head was turned the other way and she wasn't answering. I peered forward and saw she was texting on her mobile! She's 18. I thought it might have been an emergency, so smiled at her and she stopped but left the phone next to her on the chair tucked under her leg. I continued what i was saying and she picked up the mobile again. I asked her if everything was ok (she has slight autism) and she said yes. Kind of threw me off track a bit. Lastly, another adult i've taught for years has this habit of coughing over me without covering his mouth. I get the full force of the blast in many lessons. I have to point to the notes as he plays them as he gets lost otherwise, and he'll cough on my hands right in front of him. I've quickly taken my hands away and looked at him, but he seems unaware. He'll also start playing loudly when i'm in the middle of a sentence which i think is really rude. I usually just stop mid sentence and shut up when he does this, but tonight i thought i'm going to keep on speaking to see what happens. I ended up almost shouting and waving my hands but he just kept bashing away on the piano keys. I feel like quite a few of my students don't really respect me. I know respect has to be earned and i don't know what i'm doing wrong. Maybe i'm too nice with them but they pay me and it's how i earn my living. A lot of them expect me to work miracles too, teaching them how to play the pieces they like but without them doing any practice and i get parents sometimes asking me when the child's exam will be, after only a couple of lessons. Sorry, this is more of a rant than anything i guess. Would be open to some advice please as i hate feeling like this. Thanks.