Beginning low brass students: Can we call you Mr. Baum?
Me: No. Call me Mr. Baumgartner.
Students: Mr. Baumgartner is too long. Can you tell us your first name?
Me: No...just call me Mr. Baumgartner for now.
Students: Is it Bob?
Students: Is it Puffington?
Students: We're going to call you Puffington Baumgartner.
So in an effort to find out my first name to make what they had to call me shorter, they ended up with a 6 syllable name instead of 5.
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.