when a friend of mine had her carpet ripped out to put in tile, we sharpie outlined her kids, like on crime scenes, and took photos.
it was fun!
New summer student, brand new to music. I give him my personally cobbled together book and an assignment notebook, and we begin lessons usng a book I have taught from for years.
After three weeks, he is barely doing any work--almost all pages are blank, zero practicing done, the third lesson was like the first lesson.
I thumb through his book and see that he has answered, completely incorrectly, about three units ahead, a few pages.
I asked mom, "why is he not doing what I assigned, and skipped ahead to do work he is not ready for and got completely incorrect, and now will ahve to take time to un-do?"
"oh, he is old enough to do what he wants. He was bored with the beginning stuff, so I told him to skip ahead. But he seems not to be learning anything, so we may not continue with lessons. It seems kind of repetitive."
I stammered out a few things like, "practice in piano is same as practice for a sport-you have to do the exercises first. Piano is not easy-if it was, everyone could do it! Please check his work even just once a week to see if he is doing what has been assigned. He is only 8, I am sure his school has a homework folder that parents check."
She kind of shrugged and went back to tapping on her phone.
If the kid was retaining information and progressing, I would move him faster.
This may not make sense, but if I were teaching Latin, I think mom would expect her son to have memorized The Lord's Prayer now, by sound only, who cares about the meaning, and then have him recite for a school placement test and want to be moved up a year in class, and then complain when he cannot follow a lesson.