This particular student and I played a duet this year at their church, recorded by her dad the pastor, and when I can figure out how to get it from my phone to the computer, we'll move it up to my Youtube channel. Meanwhile, I'm happy she's now taking her studies seriously.
One lady said, 'I wish it were that easy to talk my fifteen-year-old into taking his seriously.' But I didn't do this by myself. The student was already turning her grades around. I just told her what transcripts are and encouraged her to study for and take seriously the standardized exams.
The lady said, 'My son wants to play baseball and record music, so he thinks school is a waste of his time.' I don't know her son, so without a personal application, but in terms of the academic subject matter, I tentatively suggest it might help to point out to him that baseball statistics are mathematically derived. She could also point out to him the book The Physics of Baseball. She could also say that music was classically considered part of the math curriculum because music is an aural presentation of math--notes are whole, half, quarter, eighth and so on, so many beats to the measure, tempo is numerically measured, chords are thirds and fifths, etc. And music reflects certain social eras--for instance, the Romantic Movement of the 1790s and into the mid-1800s affected music, literature, philosophy, politics, even gardening. So his music, if it is to relate to the wider world, should know something about that wider world of social sciences, literature and the other fine arts besides music alone. And if his music is Spiritual, it should of course relate to Spiritual, theological, devotional truth.
Another lady said, 'Our son has his doctorate in the sciences; wasted a lot of time in high school and didn't take anything seriously, so just keep praying, pushing him and getting him through the rough spots. They do eventually get it....weary not in well-doing. It's worth the end result. I do, however, understand why some animals eat their young!'
And then I went to a hotel. The hotel lobby cat apparently liked the petting I gave, sat on my luggage on the luggage cart while I parked my car, then walked with me to the elevator, but was apparently afraid of the elevator, wouldn't go in. Maybe this animal should be in school!