I have a student who is taking a conservatory exam. When we signed up for it, I made it clear to both parent and student that there would need to be certain tasks accomplished in order to do the exam.
Now, it is clear that the student is not ready for the exam. More important, her attitude towards practising has deteriorated (she is overwhelmed). I would like to resolve this with parent and child without putting blame on any one particular party (including myself for allowing it to get to this stage; this is precisely why I dislike these conservatory exams). The student at this point is becoming uncooperative in the lesson.
How I see it so far:
If I tell the parent the student needs an attitude adjustment, the parent will interpret it as the child needing to practice more (but not necessarily better, which is what I prefer). Given the student is already borderline disinterested, I don't know that this would produce the desired result.
Scrap the examination process altogether - in my opinion, this is the ideal outcome. I would like to withdraw her from the exam because I think she's already feeling overwhelmed from the pressure, but I don't want her to feel bad about withdrawing. I am unsure on how to go about this.
My first and foremost concern is the student. I would like to resolve this in my student's best interest, but I'm not exactly sure what that is.
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