My Fridays are tough – too many hours without a break, and it extends too late in the day. Evenings are messed up. If I haven’t dealt with what to have for dinner by noon, it’s not going to happen (I get co-operation as long as I dictate what should be done).
The really hard part is the student who ends the day. In fact, the day is book-ended by attitudes. The last is one of those “gifted” students who only learns what he wants to learn. That doesn’t work for piano exams – or school exams – or life in general. One exam piece is the Six Variations (G Major) by Kuhlau - probably the easiest piece from the Classical Period for that level. He’s been working on it since JANUARY and still can’t play it to earn a passing grade – and I’m still saying the same things over and over and over. Understand that there are no learning issues or lack of understanding or lack of skills here – just a refusal to do what I ask (demand in the nicest sense of the word). He’s had no problem learning the flashier pieces.
I reached my breaking point today. Very calmly, I told him I would not help him anymore with that piece (“Ooooh. Good one, Mom,” from my daughter). He knows what to do and he’s on his own now – I won’t hear it again till just before the exam. I hope that gets through.
There are only 2 such Fridays left and I’m taking measures to ensure I don’t have this kind of schedule again next year. I’m cutting back my Friday hours, ending sooner, and am not taking this student back. It’s not worth it.
- Tearing my hair out (ladonasmusicstudio.com)