So…the catastrophe. The Donut Party practice incentive was already not a winning idea on my part. As I said in part one, I couldn’t make it fair…

Regardless, I just kept on tallying all the students practice points on the white board. In my mind I was stalling. Surely I would figure out a way to redeem this contest. After all, the students were still hoping they would each be part of the lucky class that would win the donut party. The kids were practicing…

One afternoon, I had finished teaching a piano class, and one of the mothers asked to speak with me. Its talent show season in the elementary schools and she was hoping I could prepare her son for an upcoming audition. As we were discussing this, her youngest son, (who had never been in my studio before) came rushing in.  This rambunctious kid is about kindergarten age. He literally ran into my studio at full throttle, went straight to my whiteboard, and in one sweep wiped off all the tally marks with his little hand. Then he proceeded to wrestle his brother to the ground, like the Crocodile Hunter.  I found myself  in shock and awe.

With my jaw dropped, and my head swimming, the dear mother was apologizing profusely whilst separating the boys.  I heard myself mumbling something about that having been everyone’s practice points and …some other uninspired remarks, then moving on to the next class, in a daze.

That was really strange.

This odd story does have a happy ending. In the end everyone won. All my students were happy, because I spent the last week of the Spring session giving all the kids in the studio (and even some  parents) donuts.

Note to self…Get a better system. Learn from your mistakes. When I master the practice incentive contest,  I will have truly earned bragging rights. Dear Reader, you’ll be the first to hear about it. Until then, I have to go wipe the chocolate frosting off my mouth before my next class. I Donut Know what I was Thinking…