I'm curious how students of other piano teachers have done when they return from a long absence.
Today, I had some returning students who have been away about 2.5 years. They moved out of state to be close to a special hospital due to severe health problems with their father. The health problems have finally been resolved, and they were anxious to come back. It was two boys, now 14 and 16. The younger was at a late elementary, early intermediate level, while the older boy was intermediate.
I was totally surprised by how much they remembered after this long absence from any piano. Due to all their moving around, they could only find Bugmuller's Op. 100 to bring this week. I will pick up some additional material for them before their next lesson. With one boy, we got through Sincerity, and with the other, we managed half of Arabesque. There were a few terms that they couldn't remember the exact name for like "crescendo", but they could tell me what it meant.
I've had student's that have taken short breaks of anywhere from one to three months and manage pretty well. But I can't imagine that most of my students could be gone this length of time and still remember as much as these two boys did today.
What has been the experience of other teacher's?