This observation by Bruce Berr in the February/March 2016 issue of the American Music Teacher magazine resonated with me:
The work ethic that was typically championed by parents, “Whatever you do, do your best” has been replaced in more families with “just have a good time.” Since music study requires a steadfast focused commitment of time and energy, that’s clearly a problem. Learning an instrument is increasingly view on a par with other leisure activities, some of which require little or no skill development, perseverance, and other qualities that help people grow into more mature selves. More so than before, music teachers have to educate children and their parents about the need for a work ethic.
What a great opportunity we have as music teachers to help students and parents grow in their understanding of what it means to have a strong work ethic!