DS1 is about to make his GCSE subject choices. He wants to take either Drama or Music but has no strong feelings either way, and choice will not affect his future career plans which are science/maths related. I'd like him to take the subject with the highest chance of an A, for least amount of effort as DS is disorganised, untidy and lazy. His current levels are 7b for drama and 6c for music, which might suggest drama is a better option but last year only 7% of candidates scored A*A whereas 66% of music candidates did. DS is only at grade 3 for violin after 6 years of lessons (plus about 10 minutes practise a week). Would he stand a chance of scoring highly in music? I am assuming/hoping/praying that he will put in more effort when he enters year 10.
Sorry if this sounds harsh, but he has had six years to put more effort into his violin, it is unlikely to change now. We cancelled ds1' s guitar lessons after 2 years, due to similar levels of practise, he got a bit upset to start with, but then realised we were right.
Does he enjoy theory and composing more than playing?
There may be other "hobby" (please don't get uppity about that) gcses on offer that inspire him, my friend's son chose sport studies, twinned it up with his duke of Edinburgh award, by helping with community coaching, and then used his experiences for his English creative writing. Impressive eh!