I've recently taken on a young lad as a private Cornet student. After today's lesson (only my 2nd lesson with him) his mother commented that it was nice to hear me playing too. After asking her what she meant, she told me that his previous teacher, at school, never even got his instrument out during lessons. Is this a normal practice? I've only ever had 2 instrumental teachers. One from 8-18 and one at university, and they both used thier instruments during lessons. I would have thought that your instrument, as an instrumental teacher, is an essential tool when teaching youngsters. The other thing that I thought was strange/worrying, is that the same young lad did his grade 3 last week, 2 weeks after his last lesson! If I was entering someone for an exam, I wouldn't want them to go 2 weeks without a lesson beforehand?!