My beginning band low brass students finally figured out my name (the two other directors have said it before, but they weren't paying attention; so one of the trumpet students finally told them). On the walk from band room to sectional room:
Student 1: John is such a common name. Why are you embarrassed by it?
Me: I'm not embarrassed by it, it was just fun messing with you all.
Student 2: Can we call you Eugene instead?
Student 2: How about Geneu [pronounced Gene-u]?
Student 2: How about just Gene?
Me: No. Though, it's sort of close to the French for John (Jean).
Student 2: So if we speak in French, we can call you Jean?
Me: No. I don't speak French.
Student 3: Can we call you Gaston?
I got Mr. Baumgartner about 75% of the time that day, so...progress.
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.