As some may remember, I was having a bit of a mare with my flute student a few months ago, with no practice at all happening and no progress despite her having potential.
A friend of mine recently recommended me as a replacement flute teacher for the daughter of a family where he teachers piano... We've had 2 trial lessons, and we're due to start regularly in September.
She has a lot of potential - she's making a nice sound already, she's responded well to some technical help I gave her, she's up for trying random things (ie singing whilst playing), and obviously has a vivid imagination for musical things - I was trying to explain how she should approach a couple of grace notes in a piece she is going to learn, and she came up with an image of a dragonfly alighting on a lilypad totally out of her own head, and then played the grace notes much better even just for that idea in her head! I was quite excited about the prospect of teaching someone who appears to have both talent and a good work ethic.
Anyway... I offered to be available over the summer if she wanted to do some playing/needed to call and ask me stuff, more in hope than expectation: however, her dad called earlier... it seems that she has been practising with no parental prompting, even though it's the summer holidays, and then she asked if she could have some extra time with me
Given the difficulty I had inspiring my other student (who has just given up lessons for the moment - lack of will to practice then she has got braces which were the last straw, making it very difficult to play her flute, which she has never been keen on making an effort for!) it's very heartening to have evidentally got something right!! (maybe the problems weren't me after all!)
I'm very chuffed, and it is making me feel better about the train wreck my life has felt like this week!!