I've just entered 8 pupils for piano exams (5 ABRSM and 3 LCM). I'm struck by how pupils up their game when they have a specific date in the diary. We can hunt for the most appropriate music for them, listen to their tastes etc etc, but it is usually the same result, apart from the most committed of pupils: mediocre progress. AS soon as exams are committed to, their playing can be transformed. Unfortunately this workrate drops as soon as the exam has bee passed. We can wax lyrical about making the lessons fun, but the progress is still mediocre.
Piano and keyboard teacher based in Eccleston, south Lancashire, England.