I'm guessing this topic ha been addressed before, as I'm sure it's a problem other teachers have run into, but I can't find anything about it, so here goes. I'm SO frustrated! I have a student who is just LADEN with talent. She has amazing musical instincts, GORGEOUS vibrato, a sweetness of sound and way with the instrument that is SO pleasing and truly, thrilling to listen to. BUT. she is a terrible practicer, in that she seems to do nothing with method or true intentionality. She's so instinctive that it's a liability--she's able to make things sound "good" without doing them correctly. So she ends up with fingerings and bowings that are NOT what I've given her, and will NOT get her to where she needs to be with a piece. And once learned they are impossible to undo without the kind of time and attention that she needs to give but isn't. I've tried everything I know to help her see what she HAS (a tremendous gift) and what it takes to transform her raw ability into something truly amazing (careful, thoughtful, consistent work) but to no avail. I've come to the point where I'm trying to let go and let it be what it is right now. She's 13, and maybe just not mature enough (some 13-year-olds might be, but she's not, I'm guessing) to change her approach right now. But then I hear her play again, and I can't believe how incredible the music inside of her is, and I think, "Some day this gift is going to come to claim her, and she won't be able to make good on it because she let the window of opportunity pass her by. Help! I don't know if I need help for me, or for her. :) I'm open to any and all thoughts. And you may need more info. Ask away!
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