Just got a text from a graduating senior:
Student: I just wanted to reiterate how thankful I am. You got me so far in my high school band career and I just really wanted to say thank you for helping me improve myself band wise and mentally. Thank you for everything!
This is why we teach. It's not about putting out professional musicians (though that's a bonus when it happens!), it's about developing people. It's easy to forget that sometimes, to get frustrated with students who aren't practicing or don't seem to be getting anywhere [to be clear, she was not in that category] but at the end of the day, music is as much (or more) about helping people to grow as humans as it is about helping them grow as musicians.
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.