I've got this 6th grade student who is very talented, a decent practicer, and up to this point really shined in her playing. But since she's hit the beginning hormone stage her playing has become flat. In fact her entire personality (before quite bubbly and positive) has dulled considerably. While her fingers get to the keys just fine, her playing is lackluster. I have to drag the expression out of her. What's funny tho, is 2 yrs. ago she earned my "Musicianship" award at the spring recital for exception musicality and expression in playing.

I'm blaming the age here. All 6ths get a little strange as they try to move out of the kiddie stage and into the cool teen years. Does anyone else see this kind of thing when students get to this age? She's studied with me now since 3rd grade.