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  •  I'm a piano teacher... (3+ / 0-)

    So obviously the issues that I run into are slightly different. But they stem from the same root causes, I think.

    Lack of attention. Lack of focus. Lack of curiosity (I had one student tell me that he didn't read the words to a song I'd assigned -- printed VERY clearly between the two lines of music -- because I "didn't assign the words". Hair-tearing moment.)

    Generally, a total obliviousness to the beauty and complexity of language (if I ask most students to read a basic song lyric in a "poetic" way, they can't.)

    The expectation that they are going to be spoon-fed their entire lives. That I'm a machine whose job it is to TELL them their notes. Granted, after about 2 weeks in my studio they quickly drop that idea...but still...!!!

    Is it just me? Or are kids getting less curious, less intellectually independent, and more content to just coast?

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