[quote name='primrose.piano' date='Jun 28 2012, 01:01 PM' post='1156696']
[quote name='sbhoa' post='1156687' date='Jun 28 2012, 11:51 AM']
Parents also stress that school exams are "far more important than piano lessons."
My hope that they continue with lessons as a break from study falls on deaf ears in the majority of cases.
Yes - if someone can't turn up for one 30 minute lesson per week, then their work-life balance is seriously wrong! I also think that some people over-estimate how much effect getting 10 GCSEs at grade A instead of 9 at grade B is really going to make in life. I got a modest number of O levels and I can't say that the grades have made much difference to my life at all - they seem all-important at the time, but in the long run how many people actually care?!
What is particularly annoying is when you have got a keen pupil to a really good standard where they have alot to offer as a player and could start teaching, and the parents see playing as a childhood activity, to be tossed aside like an unwanted toy and replaced by "more important" things. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!