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Recital in two weeks for students #2914432 11/20/19 10:32 PM
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I had eight lessons today. Only one lesson left until recital.

Here was my day:

eight recital reminders given

seven times I prayed for patience

six still learning music

five on color coded finger numbers (yikes!)

four incorrect tempos

three with music left at home

two memorized incorrectly

and one parent said, "we did not have time to prac-tice."

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I have several rank beginners- but geesh!

when I write in the assignment notebook,

Forte means to play ____________________

piano means to play ____________________

and it is left blank??

when I give The Lego song (Everything is Awesome), or The Lion Sleeps Tonight, as FUN music, and they don't even do that, let alone the assigned Jingle Bells and Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Compose Your Own Tune on Three Black Keys, or I ask them to march at home, or when I ask them what stuffed animal they used to play a certain music game with, and I get...nothing in response....because they did NOTHING at home...

I get frustrated, annoyed, and tired.

A teacher cannot make the students care, but when the MOM said, "Oh, we did not have time to practice," I had to turn my head and hide my shock at her nonchalance.

But, I know another teacher that has two students WITHOUT a piano. So, I guess I can't complain?

Any advice?

Thanks!!


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: missbelle] #2914446 11/20/19 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by missbelle

Forte means to play ____________________

piano means to play ____________________


In a fort

The piano sometimes


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: missbelle] #2914448 11/20/19 11:34 PM
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Whizbang,

that was exactly what I needed tonight- a good laugh!

THANK YOU!!!!!!


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: missbelle] #2915436 11/23/19 12:06 PM
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The quality of kids and parents has gone way down as of late. Parents are more clueless than ever. There's nothing we can do about it. Charge more?

Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: missbelle] #2915986 11/24/19 10:04 PM
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This cracked me up!

So, we just had a duet competition for NFMC yesterday. I wrote it down long ago as being a week earlier, the 16th. Everyone was working like crazy to get ready for the 16th. In early November, registration opened and I found out my error. Luckily everyone had started the last-minute practicing in time for the 16th, and they ended up just the right amount of prepared for the competition, including a couple who were poor practicers before that.

I think I might "accidentally" tell everyone the recital/competition is a week earlier than it really is again sometime!


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: missbelle] #2915987 11/24/19 10:07 PM
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Didnt your 8 yo play in it? How did she do????


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: dogperson] #2916730 11/26/19 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dogperson
Didnt your 8 yo play in it? How did she do????



Was this to me? I'm feeling confused because yes, I have an 8yo who played in the festival. And yes, he did fine.

But I didn't remember mentioning this before on here, so . . . maybe it was to someone else? hahaha


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Re: Recital in two weeks for students [Re: Brinestone] #2916776 11/26/19 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Brinestone
Originally Posted by dogperson
Didnt your 8 yo play in it? How did she do????



Was this to me? I'm feeling confused because yes, I have an 8yo who played in the festival. And yes, he did fine.

But I didn't remember mentioning this before on here, so . . . maybe it was to someone else? hahaha


I think dogperson was asking if this was the 8yo girl from the Emotionally Sensitive Students thread. You'd mentioned to me over there that the girl and her friend come to lessons together and were going to be playing a duet in a festival.

Maybe that was a different event than the NFMC duet competition you're referring to in this thread?


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