“Sometimes I just want to lie on the couch and watch TV.” –1st grader, on why she hadn’t practiced.

“Sometimes I have grooming issues.” –8th grader, on why he can’t always practice piano before school

“I’m going to Vegas. Can’t promise I’ll practice piano there. Obviously, the Chippendales are more fun.” –adult student

“Our piano is so old, it’s like . . . brown.” –8th grader

“I had to pick up sticks and dog poop last night, so I couldn’t practice.” –8th grader

“I can’t come to performance class tomorrow. I have to spend 8 hours at a church retreat, contemplating my sins.” –8th grader