167 - Expelled
Student: I like school. Piano lessons aren't part of school.
Me: Well, it sort of is. It's definitely part of your education.
Student: If this was part of school, I would try to get expelled as quick as possible.
I'm beginning to think he maybe doesn't like playing piano?
166 - Scales and Archipelagos
A student acted surprised when I mentioned cadences and arpeggios...
Me: *sigh* What did I write last week?
Student: Scale Book: C Major Scale. Oooooh, and Cadences and...Archapageles?
Student: Do you even brain, bro?
*immediately bursts out giggling*
Student (through giggling): I think that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever said!
This is the same student who said, "Yoda, alcoholic, psychotic murderer, I am," last week...
164 - Psycho Yoda
I started a piano student in a Star Wars book, so, of course, I did my Yoda impression. He attempted one too, and...well...it was one of the creepiest things I've heard from a student. He seemed to agree...
Student: Yoda, alcoholic, psychotic murderer, I am.
I'm not sure I'm going back...
163 - Chick-Fil-A, Part 5
As soon as I walked into the auditorium for the middle school band concert tonight...
Student 1: Mr. Baumgartner! Where's my Chick-Fil-A???
Student 2 (from a different band, hadn't heard about this before): What? I want Chick-Fil-A too! I'm hungry!
I decided that if any of the brass play all the way through graduating high school, and then get ahold of me and ask me to buy them Chick-Fil-A, then I will.
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.