Good grades in reading, writing, and even in math and science (where she's learned to play by the language-arts rules). Then there's music and social studies.
It's perhaps no surprise that a private, unsocial child earns mediocre grades in the kind of social studies class that increasingly asks students to make "personal connections."
Less obvious is how someone who's been picking out tunes on the piano since she was three, sings complicated songs with perfect pitch, and, after 9 months of piano lessons, plays minuets with precision and feeling, consistently gets mediocre grades in music class.
I don't think that elementary school music teachers gave out grades back when I was in school. Now that they do, the easiest thing for them to base them on is participation: singing along with your classmates.
And there is perhaps nothing that embarrasses my shy, musically sensitive girl more than public singing.