If you had heard him, polkadot, in no way did he make this statement in a belittling manner. He is anything BUT arrogant.
And what DO you mean by 'putting him straight'???
I also don't remember stating that he had 'found his holy grail'. He is just a very exciting student to have because of his lack of prior musical experience and knowledge but the deep and thoughtful way he has gone into it all and the conclusions he is coming to as a result of his own research, reading and experience.
Neither he nor I have belittled anyone and I will thank you not to twist my words as such.
You should also know me well enough to know that my comments about stickers are very tongue-in-cheek.
*bows out of thread*
Hmmm, well your student stated his opinion, you repeated it and now I'm giving my opinion, as people are entitled to do on a forum! I'm not the only person who thought it was a contentious statement to make, and I'm surprised if you didn't expect someone to rise to the bait! I still don't see how it's isn't arrogant and belittling to non-singers to state "I don't think anyone can call themselves a musician if they don't sing".
As HelenVJ says, sight-singing and other skills are important for the general rounding of a musician
^ Hence my reference to "putting him straight".
I did not say that you had stated that he had found his holy grail - it was a figure of speech which I used of my accord To quote yourself, Cyrilla, "I will thank you not to twist my words as such"!!!