*student plays in wrong key*
Me: If you had a girlfriend and you just ignored her, that wouldn't be good, right?
Me: Key signatures are like girlfriends – you need to pay attention to them.
*later, after more notes outside the key signature*
Me: So...remember what we talked about earlier?
Student: Having sharps is basically like having a girlfriend?
At least he remembered part of it.
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.