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How carefully do you map out your instructions for home practice? Some students need things written down in a very explicit way. Catch the child displaying the desired behavior and reward it. (To figure out how to reward the child, you have to use some intuition, experimentation and observation. For example, on a really good day, my son's teacher allowed ...


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Life's too short for such nonsense. You aren't enjoying the situation and they probably aren't feeling too good about maintaining the charade either. Kids are often much better at 'being diplomatic' and telling people what they want to hear than adults are. Or maybe it's true that they are serous about music, but piano isn't their thing - it was never mine, ...


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Even if you can't teach them piano, at least you can try to teach them (and their parents!) that that what the kids (don't) do has consequences. Next time they admit they haven't done any practice, end the lesson right there and show them the door. Make it clear that you aren't going to spend any more time with them unless they do their "homework". If this ...


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I am new to this forum, hence not sure of the proper parameters or protocol. However, I do have a personal experience that may apply to 'talented' yet unmotivated students. I began playing piano on my own at age 4. No one forced me. As some of the answers suggested, around age 12 or 13 I had other interests, and resented being forced to travel on the ...


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I actually had a piano teacher politely ask me if I was sure I wanted to keep going, as I wasn't really that interested in playing, but sort of went (I was about 10 years old). I regret that, as a few years later I picked up the guitar and loved it. I think the thing was, I was playing stuff I just couldn't relate to - at all. 'Oh when the saints go ...


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I would have a nice little sit down with the parents and discuss the situation with them. They may not be aware of exactly how there little tyrants are taking them for a ride. If you gently let them know that you are not getting co operation and that yes you can still take there money if they so wish but it is not fair on them to pay for a teaching service ...



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