19 - What's Important?
Student [with reference to going to camp for two weeks with no electronics]: The question I get asked the most is, "How can you go two weeks without your phone?!" Not, "How can you go two weeks without your family?!" They always only say phone, never family. I think it's a sad commentary on our culture when that is what is important to us.
A week after having a fourth grade trumpet student explain to me why the way I was telling her to think about breathing was physically and scientifically not how it works, I told her to project her sound so she could be heard at the golf course a mile and a half away. Her very matter of fact response:
Student: Um...that's impossible; sound doesn't travel through walls like that...
17 - Dr. Who?
Sometimes it takes less than one full lesson to know you are going to like teaching your new student. Partway through a new student's lesson he asked if I watch Doctor Who. I responded that I do, and we then talked about a certain Doctor I am not a huge fan of, which I mentioned. He responded with this:
Student: HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE HIM?!
*he strongly gestures to front door*
Student: GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!
16 - The Devil's Interval
Me: This is a tritone.
*I play a tritone*
Me: It used to be called “The Devil's interval.”
Student: I’m going to call it "Triton versus the Devil".
Student (later): Triton versus the Devil is my 44th favorite thing.
15 - Hamster
Student: I wonder if my friend's hamster could fit in my trombone?
14 - Torpedo Sock
Student: So the other day I put a sock in my trombone. Then I shot it out like a torpedo.
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.