Last week one of my piano pupils (about G2 standard and age 11) had not practised very much. He admitted it in the lesson and was rather laid back about my suggestion that he needed to practise 4 or 5 times a week.
As it happened his father collected him and he's the adult pianist in the family having learnt in his youth. I felt a bit guilty because father was looking a bit stressed, but I had a little groan about son's lack of practice. To his credit, father looked very guilty and confessed they'd taken their eyes off the ball so to speak.
That set me thinking about how I could impress on pupils the need for more practising. I use school rewards as much as I can (house points, and a word in the ear of the head of music), but for private/teenage pupils I don't really have any "carrots".
Just now, everyone's waiting for the end of the summer term, so I'm getting ready for action in September. Does anyone have any ideas that work on recalcitrant pupils?