I need some advice from those that have worked with young students. My son, 12, is a very good player. He was first chair in the NKY Select Band this year and played the Andante section of Barat's Andante et Scherzo at the solo and ensemble competition this year. His range is to a high C. Honestly, I think has the potential to be a monster when he gets into high school.
The problem is I can get him motivated to practice seriously. He wants to be really good, but doesn't seem to want to put in the time. He's heard me improve significantly since starting my comeback. He's got a very good, supportive private teacher that not only is a great player but also has fun with him.
He just keeps saying that playing the Clarke, Irons, Strassburg, etc. is boring. We've tried to give him some more fun stuff two work on (like the Barat piece and some stuff from the Collin Rhythms book).
I wonder if anyone has any suggestions to get him to want to do the work to improve? I know he has to want it, but I don't know how to get him to that level. Actually, with is age, I wonder if I can or if it's just going to be up to him and I have to let that happen. Thoughts?