I'm sure anyone who has taught for more than a week has a share of transfer student horror stories, but I've come across one of the worst I've seen.
Was asked to take on this kid as I do home visits and new baby twins is making them getting to lessons hard.
Kid is 6, been studying since September. Apparently just finished John Thompson Book 1.
The keyboard was set to a kind of height that an adult would use while standing, the kid wasn't so much playing as hanging off it. Which was less of a problem than might have been as apparently the previous teacher had never told them she needed to practice between lessons.
Two lessons now, with me being more horrified with every passing minute how little she knows.
One of the many things, is she is part of the time playing still with index finger fist curled, and sometimes with one finger and all the others hanging down below the keyboard. Its difficult to even describe how weird it is.
At the end of the lesson I said to mum to watch out for that and correct if she sees, and she said, that a friend of theirs had lessons with this same cowboy, FOR ONE AND A HALF YEARS, and was still playing with one finger each hand, and he was just starting now to play with curved fingers and individual fingers.
Kid also doesn't know note values. At all. Parent said they didn't realise this was something they normally did 'already'.
Is this some kind of new teaching technique I've missed??