*I show student the tuba part for Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde, which has about 10 seconds of playing in the whole hour-long piece*
Student: Why would someone write a piece that long?? Or play it? I think I'd fall asleep...
Me: It's incredible music, so you maybe wouldn't. He wrote some symphonies that were an hour and a half or longer.
Student: That guy has issues.
Me: Well, he did have some mental health issues.
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.