263 - Mock Audition
Me: Pretend I'm [orchestra conductor] and that you are auditioning for me.
*student plays piece*
Me: Let me hear the beginning faster.
*student plays first note and pauses; I wait for him to restart and continue; he does not*
Student (with as straight a face as he can manage): Sir, would you like to hear me play anything else?
Kids these days... 🤦♂️
262 - Trombone Care
Background: student has had numerous sports injuries during the 2+ years he's been taking lessons from me.
*student accidentally hits stand, chair, keyboard, etc. with trombone during lesson*
Me: Dude, you have to be more aware of what's around you. Think of your trombone as an extension of your body.
Student: I don't think that's a good idea given how poorly I treat my body. 😂
I conceded that point and told him to protect it like it's a baby...
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.