QUOTE(trio @ Aug 22 2005, 03:25 PM)
No, I don't agree here. As a mum and a teacher, in my experience everyone needs a good break over the summer. If they want to carry on for love of the instrument then great, these are usually the best pupils, but I don't expect them to. If they don't touch their instrument for the whole of the summer break, then it does take a few weeks to get back to where we were before, but only a few weeks and a good rest is worth this small set back. And you compared this with training for sports - surely they have breaks too? I thought all sports had an off season where they had a good break and rest before picking up the training again.
Yes, but six weeks? We are talking about huge bundles of energy here. They can become completely exhausted and still only need a week to recover
By having a rest I mean not having lessons. I would hope they would want to carry on playing at home to some extent - playing for fun, but without the pressure of working towards the next lesson.
Nice idea, but difficult to see it happening. Most kids do not do enough practise when thay have a lesson coming up. No lesson will equal no practise in the majority of cases.
Mrs M, you idea of regular reports sounds good. I would advise against every half-term; sounds like too much work, to me. I would imagine twice a year, at most.
Not that I need to do even this. Nearly all the parents who bring kids here sit in on lessons; I have regular contact with the rest. I have no need to write reports on top of that, but I am in a fortunate position in having interested\positive\encouraging\pleasant pupils' parents.