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#955849 - 05/26/06 10:53 PM Funny or Irritating Student Stories
WKS70 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 186
Loc: GA
It's been a pretty good teaching week. None of my students gave me fits over anything....this week, at least! But I had one little girl that really made me laugh. She's a brand new student.....an exceptionally small six-year-old with curly blond, almost white, hair and bright, blue eyes. She's been wanting to start lessons for well over a year and has asked me continuously when she can start. I've had her older sister and brother, and based on experiences with those two hellions, I've been putting this little girl off. I finally gave in this past week. At her first lesson, she perched up at my piano, so short that her feet just barely touched the foot bench. I introduced the do major scale and explained that it was a musical ladder. She did great with the fingering going up. Then I asked her what happens when you climb up a ladder? Expecting the usual student answer of, "you have to climb back down," I wasn't prepared when this tiny angel's eyes got big and she said, "Well, then you get scared!"

What have your students said or done this week that stood out?

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#955850 - 05/30/06 01:29 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
juliejam Offline
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Registered: 05/27/06
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Loc: SW FL

Here's one--last week I had a student who didn't appear to show up for his lesson. I looked for him in the waiting room, like I usually do, and after checking the piano showroom, I finally gave it up and went back to my studio, deciding to make good use of my time and practice.

Not long after my next lesson began, his mother showed up, wondering where he was. Surprised, I told her that I never saw him...we then began to look in ernest! About the time we were talking about calling the police, one of the salesmen found him curled up--fast asleep underneath one of the grand pianos.

we were really relieved to find him, but I think he got in trouble when he got home. LOL.
Good Luck to you...


#955851 - 05/30/06 01:31 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
juliejam Offline
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Registered: 05/27/06
Posts: 36
Loc: SW FL
And I'm not sure if that's funny, or irritating...you decide.
Good Luck to you...


#955852 - 05/30/06 02:25 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
sarabande Offline
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Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 1597
Loc: Mo.
Your sleeping story reminded me of a student falling asleep at lessons on me. I have 2 siblings that come together at lessons and while one has their lesson the other does things like homework, sits and listens to music on headphones, draws, or reads. Well, one day one sibling waiting fell asleep in a rocking chair and when it was her lesson time, we couldn't get her to wake up. Her sister and a sitter that brings them were yelling at her and shaking her arm and she just wouldn't wake up. We were all laughing about her sitting there not waking up and the sister and sitter didn't know what to do. They finally got her to wake up and she dragged over to the piano half awake. I offered that they could just go home and skip the lesson but they said no and she went ahead with her lesson.

#955853 - 05/30/06 02:30 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
sarabande Offline
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Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 1597
Loc: Mo.
OK, I thought of another one. I had a student who didn't show up for lessons and the parents never called to cancel the lesson. A couple days later another student that came for their lesson said, "I saw one of your other students the other day!" I said, "oh really, where at?" She said, "she was with her dad at the nature center and they said they were going to a movie next." When I asked what day it was, it was the day and time of their lesson!!!

Your sin will find you out! \:D I never said a word to the no-show parents and student about it.

#955854 - 06/06/06 12:35 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
pianobuff Offline
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 1580
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Here's one:
I have a cute little girl that has always loved bugs.
She told me the other day at her lesson that one of her stick bugs is pregnant!! Laughing, I asked her how can a stick bug be pregnant? She said, "Oh, they can, and she is, I am trying to find homes for the babies."
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#955855 - 06/06/06 01:36 AM Re: Funny or Irritating Student Stories
Candywoman Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
Posts: 952
I've had a little boy ask me if I teach all my students how to build a piano.

One student didn't want to do exams because for her last exam, she was greeted by "weird people that looked like nurses" who took her into the examination.

One student asked me, "Do you-like-have to take an exam every year to prove that you're still a piano teacher?"


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