Student: I brought this [tuba mouthpiece] home, and my mom asked me if it was a french horn mouthpiece. She doesn't know a lot about music...she only played through 8th grade. My dad played through 9th grade though, and then...well...that happened.
Me: What happened?
Student: Well...his brother got mad at him and smashed his violin over his head. They've never really gotten along very well. Another time they shot a television.
Me: With a real gun??
Student: Yeah...but I guess it's not surprising, coming from the kids that used to race motorbikes through their school.
I promise this conversation actually happened. He apparently has a very interesting family.
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.