I have a 5th grade kid who has been a challenge. Nice kid, polite, but every lesson has been hard work. He has not been a natural musician. He has come a long way.
Our concert is a few weeks away and we send notices home for parents to commit to the concert. His slip came back "will not" attend.
He said he had "something to do" that night. I know thats not him acting smart or difficult, because he's not like that. Its the parents talking.