I used to only teach students who were genuinely interested and at least did some practise during the week, even if it was only just before the lesson. I'm fine with even that small effort, I enjoy teaching and as long a bit of progress is being made and I get paid I'm all good.
Recently due to financial commitments (new baby) I have been teaching all and sundry and not letting anyone go if I can help it. So at present I'm teaching some for whom I am just "artistic babysitting" (middle class parents with loads of money who book piano lessons as one of 10 activities that are simply tick box, and resent having to be bothered to organize even a little practise).
What piano materials do you guys use with the "artistic babysitting" set? I am looking for books whose material is very very simple so that a new page is turned and yet it is pretty much the same level, so that with zero practise and very little skills being developed there isn't the problem of getting stuck on a page for weeks. Also I would like to find books that have a lot of accompanying so that at least I would be getting a bit of sight-reading practise during these clock watching lessons
Thankfully I have only a few of these students, but they do detract from my teaching, which I really enjoy if students are at least a little engaged. I would previously just drop these students after a term of zero practise but financially I need to have a completely full roster at the moment.
Speaking to the parents about practising has already been done, and is usually met with either "yes yes" followed by nothing done or neurotic lazy parenting ######s like "I just want him to enjoy it" followed by nothing done, so forget that option.
Suggestions for materials?
How to keep yourselves occupied? (I have a couple of hand exercises I do)
Thankfully I also have some great students who are a joy and we make music! yes music!