*student complaining about having to learn the notes apart from the keys*
Me: Once you start band you'll need to know the notes separate from the piano keys. If you play trumpet, you'll need to know that this note is an E, which is open. Or if you play percussion you normally need two years of piano first.
Student: Why would I want to play drums? I'm not three years old, I don't want to just bang on everything in random rhythms and make noise all the time.
I just realized that is almost *exactly* what he does on piano far too often...
I have been teaching music across the Twin Cities since 2011. Along with seeing students grow as musicians and people, one of the joys of teaching is the ridiculous things my students say.