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#1936741 - 08/03/12 04:14 AM the priceless things they say
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Me: We have an 'f' here, f for ... [waits for student but no response] forte, so we are going to play this bit ... [waits again] loud.

Student: My dad's forty.

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#1936798 - 08/03/12 09:08 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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hilarious
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#1936822 - 08/03/12 10:29 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Any other gems come to mind?
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#1936829 - 08/03/12 10:49 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
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Student: My dad's forty.
laugh


*mopping up keyboard*
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#1936832 - 08/03/12 11:06 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Well this was during a music class as opposed to a piano session but I playing a game with 11 students which required partners....so I had to be the twelfth person[ usually I would be playing the piano]....so after a variety of explanations on the topic of 'odd & even' I asked if the youngsters [ about 4 yrs old] understood what odd and even were...one child said yes ' the first people on earth'.... that's one for the books.

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#1939310 - 08/08/12 11:59 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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A six year old, today, knocked her music book off the stand, and before it hit the floor, she exclaimed in her Aussie accent: "Bugga"!

At the end of the lesson, she stuck a big sticker on my chest, saying:

"That's for being a great teacher"

Priceless smile
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#1939398 - 08/08/12 02:55 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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too funny!
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#1939404 - 08/08/12 03:08 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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My dad had a spare cow hide rug (yep, a spare) that he gave me and I put it in the piano room. It really ties the room together (movie reference, anyone?). Okay, anyways...all of my students, including my adults, said something about it when they came to the next lesson. Majority liked it.

One of my young girls (she's 7 ) walked in and yelled, "WHAT IS THAT?!" I said "it's my cow rug."

"What is it doing here?!"
"My dad gave it to me, I like it."
"well I don't, that's just wrong. I mean, it's a cow. That's so wrong."
The whole lesson she kept looking back telling me how "wrong" my rug is and she couldn't believe I had it.

The next week she comes in, "You still have that?! That's just wrong."

She got over it by the third week and now insists we sit on the cow when we work on theory.

It's so funny that the kids will notice any change made to the piano room and want to talk about it the whole lesson.

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#1939565 - 08/08/12 08:29 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: piano_teacher29]
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Originally Posted By: piano_teacher29
It really ties the room together (movie reference, anyone?)
The Dude abides. smile

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#1939698 - 08/09/12 03:21 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: Scott Coletta]
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When I was a piano teacher I asked one student to write down notes during the lesson. Once he asked me how many hours of practice per day would be expected for an amateur pianist to become reasonably proficient.

I replied "three or four hours per day"

He wrote: "three awful hours per day"

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#1939703 - 08/09/12 03:46 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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When I was teaching at a music school in 2010, I got a new student (boy) who was 4 (almost 5). During one of the first few lessons, I asked him if there was a favorite tune he would like to learn on the piano. Most kids will request "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, "Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc. The 4 1/2 looks at me in all seriousness and says, "We Will, We Will, Rock You." -He said it though, more like "We Will, We Will, Wock You." I immediately burst out laughing... totally unexpected from a 4 year old! His Mom was sitting there and laughing too.
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#1939768 - 08/09/12 08:03 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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That's a curiously appropriate tune for a beginner!
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#1939909 - 08/09/12 03:07 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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These are great!

Today my 11 year old who I think should be beyond these hilarious things said something funny at his piano lesson. Last week he went to a piano camp where he was working on duets and a Mozart Sonata and a Mendelssohn song without words in a master class daily. He had 5 hours of class a day and it was pretty intense.

He went back to regular lesson today and his teacher was super excited to talk to him. He asked what the most exciting thing that happened at camp was. My 11 year old said the best thing was he bought some highlighter tape at the camp store. His teacher uses it on music and wow, now we can use it at home! grin crazy Sure glad we sent him to camp for that.
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#1939964 - 08/09/12 05:14 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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You can rest assured your money was well-spent. wink
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#1945781 - 08/19/12 08:53 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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A few weeks ago I was going over a new piece with a beginner student. The song ended with a C Major triad in the left hand. I explained to the 7 year old girl that she would have to play all 3 notes at the same time. She looked at me and said, "Really? Cool!"

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#1945918 - 08/20/12 02:58 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Bet it sounded cool too!
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#1949767 - 08/27/12 11:34 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: April's Piano St.]
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Originally Posted By: April's Piano St.
The 4 1/2 looks at me in all seriousness and says, "We Will, We Will, Rock You." -He said it though, more like "We Will, We Will, Wock You."


it's not too hard. FEDCDD with with some combo of a G and and F chord in the left hand.. even one note repeated in rhythm.

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#1949855 - 08/27/12 02:09 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: apple*]
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This morning, I was introducing a new piece to an 8 year old boy. I was pointing out that even though it was in the key of C there were lots of accidentals to watch out for. As I often do, I decided to test his knowledge/recall and asked him to define the term "accidental."

His response: That's when you play the wrong note by accident.

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#1949857 - 08/27/12 02:17 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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ha ha! Course, when I play wrong, it's normally on purpose.
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#1954090 - 09/05/12 03:19 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Right in the middle of her lesson, a six-year-old student of mine interrupted me and asked me, "Do you ever just play the piano for fun?" "Almost every day!" I cheerfully replied, practically biting my tongue to keep myself from saying something like, "Well, 'for fun' is pretty much the only reason I play the piano!"

A few months later, another student who was near the end of Bastian level 1 really wanted to learn "Pink Clouds", which is the first song in Bastian level 4 - her brother had recently played it, and she really liked the song. After examining the song and realizing that is was not technically difficult, and that she was already familiar with the theory in the piece (i.e. 6/8, notes at the upper end of treble clef, etc. - she also plays the harp and the violin) I gave my consent, discussed the problem spots of the song and what might be hard for her, and casually mentioned that it might be a great piece for the recital coming up in two months. I asked her if she had any questions about it, and she perked up and said, "Oh, can you make the same punch as last year?"
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#1954096 - 09/05/12 03:42 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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... and can you? It has to be exactly the same! laugh
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#1954382 - 09/05/12 04:58 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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2 quarts orange juice + 2 liters Sprite. The kids drink it all every year! (Last year I had to make two batches. They hated the carrot cake, though.) I have a sneaking suspicion that they like the party more than the recital ...
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#1954553 - 09/06/12 12:56 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Psh. Who wouldn't? smile

I usually make brownies. Easier than cake.
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#1964497 - 09/25/12 09:21 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I asked a student today what key the piece was in that she just played. She correctly answered A minor. I asked her how she knew, and she said well, the key signature... "It's the cousin to C.... I mean the relative."
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#1964506 - 09/25/12 09:54 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: Lollipop]
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today a 5 year old arrived to his lesson, got close to me, looked me straight in the eyes and announced, LOUDLY,....''

HONEST TO GOD I PRACTICED THIS WEEK REALLY I DID REALLY REALLY!!!!!
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#1964601 - 09/26/12 04:22 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: Barb860]
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Originally Posted By: Barb860
today a 5 year old arrived to his lesson, got close to me, looked me straight in the eyes and announced, LOUDLY,....''

HONEST TO GOD I PRACTICED THIS WEEK REALLY I DID REALLY REALLY!!!!!


Ha! Is that when you put away your whip? wink

So the same student whose dad is 40, said to me last lesson:

"Oh, I like this tune so much, it's really, really cool!"
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#1964642 - 09/26/12 08:00 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I introduced "Etude in C" and the 8 year old said "Don't you mean Ay-titude?" I had to laugh because this is the kid who has a major dose of "attitude". I told her that no, this one is 'etude' but she could compose her own piece and call it Ettitude.


Edited by Ann in Kentucky (09/26/12 08:48 AM)
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#1964644 - 09/26/12 08:05 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I had a 7 year old this week tell me that she misses her little toy keyboard. (I had required a piano when she started lessons, and they gave away the toy keyboard.) She said "I could take it with me, and then flip it over and do my homework on the back."


Edited by Ann in Kentucky (09/26/12 08:49 AM)
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#1964660 - 09/26/12 09:24 AM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I spent the majority of my lesson yesterday with one of my chronic-no practicers just talking about the value of practicing and making it a priority. This was followed by lots of excuses about how busy she was all the time and how she has soooo much homework, etc.

We continued our lesson, then at the end when she was packing up, she said, "Do you give guitar lessons too? I would love to learn how to play the guitar. That would give me something to do during my spare time."
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#1964729 - 09/26/12 12:07 PM Re: the priceless things they say [Re: toejamfutbol]
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Originally Posted By: toejamfutbol
I spent the majority of my lesson yesterday with one of my chronic-no practicers just talking about the value of practicing and making it a priority. This was followed by lots of excuses about how busy she was all the time and how she has soooo much homework, etc.

We continued our lesson, then at the end when she was packing up, she said, "Do you give guitar lessons too? I would love to learn how to play the guitar. That would give me something to do during my spare time."


LOL!

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