322 – Giant Steps
6th-grade student: I listened to that song that the guy used all the chords on.
Student: The one that's like the hardest jazz song, with the saxophone guy going like *imitates sax player playing a lot of notes*. It was crazy...
Me: Oh, duh, Giant Steps is amazing!
He just found that on his own. As a 6th grader. And liked it. Proud teacher moment.
321 – Drums
Student: Drums don't sound very exciting. All you do is hit things and try to make it sound good.
320 – Only the Facts
*students walking out of band past my practice room*
Student 1: Our chops may be dead, but we always have enough chops for Jingle Bell Rock.
Student 2: That's facts.
Student 1: Yes, sir.
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.