Haha, when I first read your sentence, I thought it was meant to be in a satirical kind of way. But I guess you really mean it?
Yes, most of my private pupils and their parents are lovely.
Only two out of about 40 private pupils have practised over the summer, both grade 7/8 level.
I understand when pupils take a break. I took a break for part of the holidays. It's not always practical to travel with the instrument. It's ok to have, say, 3 weeks away from the instrument as long as you then pick it up again.
Or at least take it out of the case and get used to playing again in the week where you are back from holiday and before the lesson to get some feel for it back.
But lots of mine literally opened the violin case for the first time in two months in the first lesson of term!
With the school pupils it's of course even worse. 50% of parents hadn't even confirmed whether their child would continue or not by the deadline despite 2 reminders. They then responded to say they'd continue at the last second. Yet 50% haven't paid yet, despite having been sent the invoice.
To top it all, one pupil passed grade 1 with merit in July. So far so good. I had exactly one lesson with her after the exam, before the holidays
The mum emailed me to say she'd like her to do grade 2 in November, hoping the exam would be in the first week!!
When I asked if the girl had at least practised what we had covered in that one lesson after grade 1, the answer was no, she hadn't practised at all over the summer. And lessons only start again this week! The pupil isn't very fast. The pupil doesn't even practise regularly during normal term time.
So it goes without saying I vetoed that. I don't know how it had occurred to the mum I could get the pupil ready to go from grade 1 to 2 in about 5 or 6 lessons. This is not some prodigy child who practises 3 hours a day....
Which instrument do you teach? What do you do to get your pupils to practise? Please share your recipes, as they clearly seem to work.