Student: My mom is a sparkly rainbow demon – the most fearsome of them all!
Me: How are you doing today?
Student: Oh, fine.
Me: Good fine, or meh fine?
Student: Well, good because it's the end of the school year, but...
Student: Nope...that's not right...
Yeah, I get it, kid. 😂
An 8th-grade student brought in a piece he's writing.
Student: I named it, "Battle of the Bros," which isn't great, but it IS the most middle school name I could have given it.
Student [unprompted]: I need to figure out how to get myself to practice. Sometimes I think about doing it, but I'm too lazy to. Maybe I'll have my parents force me to do it!
He emailed his mom immediately to force him to practice. Then he had me sightread a bunch of Minecraft music for him on piano for the rest of the lesson while he was looking for new music. It's like a weird Twilight Zone episode, but where only good things happen.
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.