An audience shouldn't listen with complacency.
But you can't really know your audiences so well.
What they can expect always is that they're going to be made to think.
You don't underestimate either players or audience in any circumstances.
I'm not actually teaching any more, but I am writing pieces for schools all the time, and for kids.
If you don't get feedback from your performers and your audience, you're going to be working in a vacuum.
I know what I want at least, and the older I get I think I'm better at getting it out of players and singers.
You can't pander to your audience. You might in the short term, but ultimately you can't hoodwink them, either.
If you aim at anything lower that is expecting your audience to be really alert and aware, then you're going to be caught out sooner or later as a composer.
Recently I've been participating in radio and television talk programs doing broadcasts and conferences, and shooting my mouth off and really going to town.