Student: Mr. Baumgartner, if you had to play any instrument other than trombone, french horn, trumpet, baritone, or tuba, what would you play?
Me: Hmm...probably upright bass.
Student: I would play violin or serpent.
Some of my 6th-grade students know what a serpent is and think it is the coolest thing ever.
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.