Do you think the gentry get like...excited amongst themselves whenever a new art form shows up among the students. Like, that one kid who actually knows how to play a mouth harp, or another kid who beat boxes while playing the flute and they all just....quietly start to swarm them
Novelty fascinates them. They would be wary at first (who knows what powers the beat-box flutist has at their command??) but you would definitely feel watched just… more or less constantly, until something new came along.