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#2036864 - 02/21/13 10:25 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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I have an 8 year old student who pronounces staccato as "scattato." It's so cute and makes me smile everytime.

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#2036865 - 02/21/13 10:28 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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An adorable boy I teach was frustrated over a piece he was learning. I explained to him that students may work for months (or even years!) on pieces. I then pulled out my tattered Beethoven Sonata Volume II book to show him the one I was working on currently. He gasped and asked if the time signature was 100/4 because "there were so many notes in each measure." These are the moments that make every difficult moment disappear. smile

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#2037056 - 02/21/13 04:28 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Overexposed]
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Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
I have a new transfer student. She's a 3rd grader who has had a year of lessons in which she basically only learned finger numbers.

Today I asked her "How many lines are on a staff?"

She answered "Six usually?"

This cracked me up. Not just getting the wrong number, but also not knowing that it is a consistent number. LOL!



But she might be right. Maybe her dad plays guitar and uses tab. Then there usually are 6, but sometimes only 5. Or 4 for ukulele music.
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#2037301 - 02/22/13 02:03 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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This is a great one for me, as I've just started teaching in a primary school! I've only given 3 lessons.

In the first lesson where I was mostly observing, when I took the reins, the girl said, "You should cut your hair. Your hair looks like a girl and your face looks like a boy." Haha, my hair goes down to my shoulders.

My regular student (I think he's seven or eight) says a couple of times each lesson, "I need to do some exercises," and then does several pushups.

When he can't remember something, he scratches his face and says, "Ummm . . . tsk, oh . . . hmm . . . ummm . . . tsk, oh." Then smacks his forehead.
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#2038267 - 02/24/13 02:43 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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I teach 6 year old twins. Last lesson their mother told me she had explained to them where babies come from - Dad has tadpoles and mom has an egg and the other fine details of anatomy. The twins only had one question. "Isn't our piano teacher also a pianist?"
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#2038290 - 02/24/13 05:29 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Funny! grin

But I discovered I can be funny too. I have a student who is extremely shy and guarded. Very obedient, very nervous, won't speak unless spoken to.

Last week she sneezed a real wet one into her sleeve. 'Would you like a hankie?' I asked. She considered and relied 'no'. 'What are sleeves for, anyway', I asked.

And do you know what, she actually smiled!
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#2040030 - 02/27/13 08:41 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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I introduced staccato to a 6 year old student at his lesson this week. He said "Oh, it's the opposite of this one" and he pointed to a fermata.

LOL! He's right! One you hold less than the note value, the other you hold longer than the note value.

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#2050108 - 03/18/13 08:10 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Last week I did an exercise with my primary school student. I said the names of different notes and he would have to find and play it as quickly as possibly.

I called out all white notes except for once -- to test him, I said A sharp. He looked at me, his eyes went big and his jaw dropped. Haha, I showed him where A sharp was, but I didn't take it any further than that because he's not ready to add in any black notes. Still, it was very funny to see!
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#2050267 - 03/18/13 02:13 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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This thread is priceless.

I was shooting a performance movie of a three-year-old student (an experimental adventure!) and right before his last notes, he looked right at us and announced, "I have to go caca." ON CAMERA! We died. I always chuck the footage that I don't end up using in those movies, but I kept that one.

Also, I have another student who likes me, but has a strange way of handling when things don't go his way. He looks at me and says, "I hate you! I'm going to kill you! I'm going to slit your throat!, etc." I recognize this as an attempt to derail the lesson so he doesn't have to keep working... So I just smile and say, "That's fine, but you'll have to wait till the timer goes off first. Now where were we..."
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#2050272 - 03/18/13 02:20 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: jampff]
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Originally Posted By: jampff

Also, I have another student who likes me, but has a strange way of handling when things don't go his way. He looks at me and says, "I hate you! I'm going to kill you! I'm going to slit your throat!, etc." I recognize this as an attempt to derail the lesson so he doesn't have to keep working... So I just smile and say, "That's fine, but you'll have to wait till the timer goes off first. Now where were we..."


And this is a student you keep! shocked
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#2050275 - 03/18/13 02:28 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Yes, I'm happy to keep him... Without going into great detail, his personal circumstances are not the best. His grandparents pay for his lessons and do their best to raise him with the limited access they have to him. He is a jewel of a kid, and I know that he doesn't know how to handle his emotions well. I've worked with kids for years, and I've learned how to "pick my battles". Some things must be addressed immediately... other times, if it's a play for attention and distraction, it's best to not acknowledge it. That turns out to be the best deterrent for that behavior, I think!
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#2050327 - 03/18/13 04:22 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Good to hear. All the same, watch your back.
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#2105410 - 06/20/13 03:50 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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OK, so I had just taken this student through the structure of the major scale and we experimented with a few keys, playing Jingle Bells in each. Hoping I might squeeze in one last word, I told him the process of taking a tune from one key and playing it in another was called "transposition". A few seconds later, he asked, "What do you call it? Personification?"
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#2105412 - 06/20/13 03:55 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Such funnies! I enjoy reading these!

Yesterday I had a 6 year old boy make me chuckle at his lesson. We were clapping and counting through a piece and when we came to the quarter rests he put his head back and made snorting sounds. I asked why he was doing that and he said, "It's a rest, so I was taking a nap and snoring".
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#2105435 - 06/20/13 05:05 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Great! laugh
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#2105734 - 06/21/13 12:35 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Scenario: Private home 2 sisters 11 yrs and 8 yrs old.

T: [ to the 8 yr old]: wow you are both playing so well this week...what happened?

8 yr old....well my sister played so much this week that it annoyed me and I decided to annoy her back.

rada

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#2105974 - 06/21/13 09:25 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]
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Originally Posted By: rada
Scenario: Private home 2 sisters 11 yrs and 8 yrs old.

T: [ to the 8 yr old]: wow you are both playing so well this week...what happened?

8 yr old....well my sister played so much this week that it annoyed me and I decided to annoy her back.

rada


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#2106443 - 06/22/13 08:26 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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funny, how you can think some things are so clear and others read them as unclear...

end of story....8 yr old practiced a lot because she wanted to annoy her sister in return..
is it clear yet?

rada

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#2106505 - 06/22/13 11:45 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]
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Originally Posted By: rada
funny, how you can think some things are so clear and others read them as unclear...

end of story....8 yr old practiced a lot because she wanted to annoy her sister in return..
is it clear yet?

rada


Clear enough to me, they are both practicing! Hopefully practicing well.....
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#2109747 - 06/28/13 03:29 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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a new funny,
I have a new 6 year old that is learning well, has a good ear....fun...
I go to her home and she has a capital letter 'H' taped on her piano with a red slash mark through it...sorry to say I didn't catch on immediately but then I laughed.

rada

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#2109766 - 06/28/13 04:03 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]
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Oh, that is just wonderful! smile
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#2111856 - 07/02/13 10:34 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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Define "DC al Fine"....
7YO student wrote:
Go back to the begging and play until you see the word fine.

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#2129605 - 08/07/13 10:47 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: ezpiano.org]
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cute little blonde 5 year old boy sat down at the piano yesterday for his lesson. He checked his reflection in the glossy cabinetry finish of the piano, ran his fingers through his hair, and said, "Oh I forgot to comb my hair today. Is that O.K.?"
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#2129696 - 08/08/13 04:11 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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laugh
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#2144895 - 09/05/13 10:03 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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"But isn't B flat major the one with the sharps in it?"

- 11 year old girl

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#2145053 - 09/06/13 02:52 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: PApianoteacher]
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Originally Posted By: PApianoteacher
"But isn't B flat major the one with the sharps in it?"

- 11 year old girl



... you mean, it isn't?!?!?
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#2145193 - 09/06/13 11:02 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]
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When trying to help a student plan which days to practice, I asked him if he will be in town over Labor Day Weekend. He said "Yes, but I won't be able to practice because I'll be fasting". (He's a nine year old boy.....he was talking about a blood test that he had to get, and would just be fasting overnight). :-)
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#2145204 - 09/06/13 11:20 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
Originally Posted By: PApianoteacher
"But isn't B flat major the one with the sharps in it?"

- 11 year old girl



... you mean, it isn't?!?!?

I figured this out last night:

A# B# Cx D# E# Fx Gx A# (enharmonically). I'd love to see that as a key signature! crazy

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#2145252 - 09/06/13 12:23 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: keystring]
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It's not unusual to have double flats in the key signature, but I admit I've never seen a double sharp!
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#2145258 - 09/06/13 12:40 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: TimR]
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Originally Posted By: TimR
It's not unusual to have double flats in the key signature, but I admit I've never seen a double sharp!

I was being cheeky. I do bet that this kind of thing might come up in advanced music during a series of modulations where some of the double sharps would be in there as accidentals.

You've seen key signatures with double flats? shocked I think I've heard of the possibility. ... Hm, I'm wondering if this is in the context of music written for brass, because of the kind of intonation you get on that instrument. In brass, am I right that something like an A# and Bb (not necessarily those notes) might differ, with one easier to get than the other?

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