I recently started teaching bass at my college to a few guys. Myself having been playing for about 10 years I believe I have enough general knowledge to teach. I don't charge because I believe music is a gift that should be free. I give lessons to 3 college aged guys 18-21, but one student is really trying his hardest but just can't get it. I have taught him the basics on how to hold it, good placement of hands, proper why to fret and pluck the notes/stings. I then went into fret board knowledge and note placement that's when all hell broke loose. He couldn't figure out why there is no b/# between E+F, B+C and when I would correct him on the right naming of Eb instead of D# he threw a hissy fit. Saying there both the same note I'm going to call it what ever I want. I agreed that he can call them either but more commonly will hear it called Eb. Then I started on scales and arpeggios, about half why through this exercise he turned off the metronome and walked outside. When I went outside I saw he was crying, after I gave him a smoke(he's 21) he told me that he gets this way when he can't learn something right away. We both cooled off. I really couldn't realize that someone could get this worked up over something like this. I told him that this will only come with practice and time, and that I don't expect him to understand all this in a week of each lesson but keep in mind the pervious lesson when coming to the next and see how they fit together. I only write this to vent and get your opinions on what to do with this student I don't want to drop him, but instead find a way to better teach him. Have any of you had a student like this? If so how did you deal with it? If you haven't had a student like this, how would you deal with it? I mean the six graders I teach history to behave better than this. My sister who teaches music in an elementary school never came across anything like this in her career. I'm kinda at a loss on what to do anything would be helpful.