QUOTE(Dulciana @ Nov 16 2007, 05:42 AM)
QUOTE(lisa1000 @ Nov 15 2007, 11:38 AM)
I really don't want him to quit though, because he's still young, and he might regret it later on. Lots of my friends have told me they regret falling out when they were young.
True - but you could always tell him that he's welcome to restart if he feels able to give it more commitment at some stage in the future. Not getting anywhere at the minute could actually put him off - if he thinks about it at all. I have a girl at the minute - aged 12 - who gave up at the age of 8, and who's enjoying it now, having restarted about 6 months ago. If you leave the door open you have no reason to feel guilty about him giving up when young. The decision to return is his, and having once been put in the position of lessons having been discontinued because of lack of practice he'll know the next time that he needs to get the finger out.
Hmm i have thought about it, but sometimes when a kid stops then that means they've got extra playtime.. and its quite hard for kids to pick piano lessons again over playtime. Well of course there are wonderful exceptions like yours
His mum actually asked him if he wanted to continue and he does. So thats a good start, its like when everyone has one of those days where you just don't feel like doing anything properly - except he'd having it for 4 weeks
Actually, I did have a 10 year old boy that returned, but had the same problem - no proper practice and he was an easily aggrevated one too.. so in the end the parents just didn't let him learn anymore because they think he's wasting money. *sigh*.
Well for the 8yo i think i'll try the parent once more..raghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
QUOTE(funkiepiano @ Nov 18 2007, 03:19 AM)
wow! only 8 and doing grade 2- are you expecting too much of him? unless he's a little Mozart. All my 8 year olds (apart from 1 doing G1 next week), are still pre-grade 1. I'd say its normal to do grade 1 age 9-10, grade 2 age 10-11 etc, of course depending on what age they start. Perhaps he was pushed into exams too soon, without being allowed to make music and enjoy ?? just a thought.
He's been playing for 4 years already, and he did very well in his prelim and g1 exams - he worked much better during those 2 and had plenty of time for fun repertoire. So it seemed quite natural for him to go into g2, my other 8-9 yo's are also doing grade 2, esp. my 9 yo whose the ANGEL - she loves it and practices without being told - often trying to learn things on her own too
So back to the point, the 8yo did very well before, but this is suddenly like a big switch~!!! i'm hoping next week he's well-behaved - blackmailed him a bit (works all the time) - just by saying that "i'll tell mummy!!" - because this kid - is so tough, NOTHING will get to him besides his mum haha..