My friend Jonathan is a piano teacher. He teaches youngsters and school students, teens and adults.
Over the years, Jonathan learned to identify patterns in his students’ interest in lessons: it turns out –probably not very surprisingly– that when students are enthusiastic about a certain piece or genre they practice intensively and are very eager and attentive at lessons.
However, when they are required to practice scales, boredom, restlessness and mediocrity immediately take over (more so for the youngsters than the adults, for obvious reasons).
But what can you do? Scales are an integral part of developing musical listening and solidifying habits and skills.