331 – Clefs
I have a 7th-grader doubling on trumpet and trombone. He wanted to play Pink Panther, which I only had for trumpet, so I'm teaching him to read Bb treble on trombone, for tenor clef practice.
Student: So wait...how many clefs do trombonists have to play in??
Me: Bass, tenor, and alto, and sometimes treble too.
Student (dejectedly): Why is life so hard?
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.