A week has passed, and the problem pupils have been and gone again.
One had done some work, and is hopefully feeling more motivated. The five bars that she had stalled out on were the link between the first half and the second half of the piece. Now that hurdle has been overcome, she is well on the way to being able to play the whole thing. To add a bit of variety, I have found a pretty little Kabalevsky piece which should be quick to learn and satisfying to play.
The other miscreant had done zip, zero and zilch again. I need to know what he wants to get out of our weekly half hour together. I need him to realize that I need to get something out of teaching him, and £14 is not enough to endure the boredom of teaching pupils who are not learning! It seems that the pressure to perform for his GCSE has disappeared as the dates have been rescheduled to the end of this year, and therefore there is no external reason for him to feel that he needs to achieve anything. However, he seemed to take the point that £14 per lesson, £140 per term, about £450 per year, is a tidy sum to be spending on piano lessons. So, to make a fresh start; I have found another piece, which has the attraction of being easy to learn but sounding fairly impressive (thank you again, Dmitri Kabalevsky, for all the clever little piano pieces you wrote!).
Well, I'll just have to wait and see what happens ths week.