I was teaching a very young piano pupil yesterday and we started to talk about people who are musicians - I was a bit startled when I realised that she didn't think of me as a musician! Turned out that she thought only people who play 'other instruments' are called musicians. When I asked what I was, she said 'a piano player'.
The Things They Say
Posted 16 January 2019 - 17:21
Posted 08 February 2019 - 14:15
Just thought I'd resurrect this thread to say that yesterday I had a little girl come for her piano lesson, and she clearly had not practised. When I asked if there was a reason she hadn't practised, she said "My Mum was in Manchester". Of course I asked, "Did Mum take the piano to Manchester with her?"
I think this is the most hilarious excuse I have ever heard.
Posted 08 February 2019 - 14:57
What was her answer? It could of course be that because mum was away, the family routine changed and maybe piano practice wasn't done as a result.
Posted 08 February 2019 - 21:10
Yes, jenny, it was just the fact that routine was lost and Dad didn't enforce music practice (or homework, apparently!) whilst Mum was away. It tickled me that the little girl thought it was a good excuse, but when I pointed out that she could have played the piano even though Mum wasn't there, she gave a little guilty giggle. It was funny but also slightly annoying, as she has been learning for nearly three years and really by now should be able to get on with it herself. She's a funny child - much more capable than she thinks, but far too happy to be spoon fed - hence, relying on Mum to make her practise (and relying on me to show her where to put her hands at the beginning of pieces that she really knows already). She's my only one to complete Piano Adventures book 1 and then go on to book 2A. I usually find the pace of these books after book 1 too slow, but it suits her down to the ground.
Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:04
Pupil complaining that her mum was really old:
Me: I'm older than your mum
Pupil: (obvious disbelief) laughing, my mum is FORTY
Me: How old do you think I am?
Pupil: (after some consideration) 19!
Posted 12 June 2019 - 12:28
Obviously the lesson wasn't a priority!
Posted 12 June 2019 - 20:11
Student: "Why are there little hashtags there?"
Me: “First of all, the symbol you are referring to is not called a hashtag, it's called a hash, and it's a tag, hence why you say 'hashtag'"
Student: "But why are they on the page?”
Me: "That's not a hash, it's a sharp sign."
Student:"so the hashtag is a sharp?"
Me:"It's not a hashtag, it's just a sharp sign"
Student:"why do they use the symbol for hashtag to mean sharp?"
Me:”It’s not a hashtag symbol, it’s a sharp symbol. It's been a sharp sign much longer than it's been a hashtag, Mozart never tweeted anything!"
Student:"hashtag F, that's funny"
Me: "IT'S NOT A HASHTAG!"
Posted 12 June 2019 - 20:21
Posted 17 June 2019 - 18:44
Posted 17 June 2019 - 19:39
I have one who insists its a hashtag - but then he also thinks the bass clef is a sad face and keeps asking why the left hand notes are sad!