dilemmas and contradictions

Another day teaching in a ‘low achieving’ school which, weirdly, is in a posh neighbourhood. My first pupil has a terrible guitar that won’t stay in tune, is difficult to play and is hardly more than a toy. I mentioned this to him and was told by the head of music that I shouldn’t remark on the unsuitability of the guitar as the family are poor and cannot afford to buy an instrument. Now, what do you do in such a situation?

I tune the guitar every time for him. Try to set it up and adjust it  insofar as it is possible.  It never lasts even the whole lesson, which in any case is way too short.

And yet, he’s learning to play and making progress.

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