Student: Want to know what kept one of my friends awake all night one night?
Me: Uh, sure?
Student: He couldn't sleep because he was trying to remember if ducks are actually yellow.
Student: Euphoniums can play louder than trombones.
Me: *looks askance at student*
Student [earnestly]: I read that!
Take your heresy elsewhere, kid.
Student (talking about another teacher): He's a jolly man shape.
Me: *walking down stairs to leave for the day*
Summer Band Student: Mr. Baumgartner! It's the best teacher ever! Fist bump. *gives me fist bump*
Love these moments. But I would be a better teacher if I could remember his name...
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.