When I went to high school in the 60's, doing music class was mandatory and I didn't do very well - mainly because the only options of styles available were Classical music, classical music, and if you don't like that, then there's always classical music. I flunked miserably, because I couldn't stand classical music, it puts me to sleep. Still does. Anyway, time has gone by and I now have two sons in high school ( Private Church/Parent run ). My boys are both gifted musicians and have been having outside private tuition since they were about six years old ( Lead guitar / drums ). The problem I'm now having ( with the eldest one - guitarist ) is that this school has the same agenda as the one I went to back in the dark ages ( Classical, Classical or classical? ) and doesn't recognise the guitar as a proper instrument so to speak. They also flunk his exam results because he's used to using and prefers using modern words ( example: quarter note ) to describe a musical value - rather than using the archaic terms that have no mathematical relation to the note. They also seem to actively discourage playing modern music. I would like to put him in a different school, that's if I can find one that recognises modern music and the people who want to play it; but here in Australia there are rules and regulations that say a student must attend the nearest school to where he lives except in "exceptional" circumstances. Have any of you veterans had this problem? ..any advice? I'm interested in hearing your experiences.