A friend of mine has a son who was playing alto in middle school. More lackluster than anything else, he just couldn't connect with the instrument and the music in general. Never brought his instrument home to practice etc ... He wanted to move up to playing tenor in high school but the problem would have been the same. So I passed on my silver plated VITO to his mom last Christmas (heavily discounted) and he did not want to even take it to school but started practicing at home 2-3 hours a day (and yes, it is a beautiful instrument). So now he just started high school and and moved up to being the superstar in the high school band.