After about a two year break fro teaching privatley I decided to try it again. I am a HS Band Director and my free time is rare and valuable. One of the reasons I stopped private lessons was some of the lazy student I encountered. They seem to want you to just teach them the notes to the one solo they are working on and thats it. Well, I am not an animal trainer, I require my students to learn basics and fundamentals. I know, crazy Idea!! I had a young man show up last night for his first lesson. He wants to be a jazz player, but has not idea of scales or practice routines. We had a usual first lesson, but when he left I told my wife I would have a lot of work to do with this student. Well, I get an email today from the mother saying they have decided not to do lessons. Hmmmm. I should have known when I had spoken to the mother a week agao and she said "he wont have to do that scales and that stuff all the time will he?" Why do parents enable their children to so lazy!!!! Sorry for the rant, but I dont want to give up my time for students if they are not willing to improve. As I said, I am not an animal trainer.