Me: Pretend you’re a bee playing trombone, and sound [buzzy] like that.
Student: I’m not half-robot, I can’t do that.
Had my last lesson with a student, and I was signing the end of his lesson book he had finished.
Me: ...I just blanked on your last name...
Student: [student’s name]. But you can call me Smalls. That’s what my teachers at school call me. But I only let the ones I like call me that.
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.