We teachers hear lots of different things from our students throughout the day. Some of it brings a big smile to our faces, some of it warms our hearts, and some of it reaffirms why we became teachers. This post is not about those things.
1. Are we playing today? No, we’re not making music in music class today.
2. Can I go down to [insert teacher here]’s class for some extra help? Sure, as long as they send you down here during their class so you can catch up on some of the stuff you missed.
3. I forgot my instrument. That’s cool. I forgot to wear pants today.
4. This piece is dumb. Actually, if you can give me a couple of valid musical reasons for not liking a piece, I might let it slide. Maybe.
5. I can’t make it to the concert, I’ve got [insert sport here] practice. Definitely understandable, especially since my concerts have been scheduled since the beginning of summer and we could easily work out a compromise with your coach.
7. Do I have to practice? Only if you want to improve.
8. Why are we listening to [insert piece students have not heard before]? Because if I only taught you about music you already know, would you really learn that much?
9. That’s not how [previous music teacher] did it. Very perceptive. You probably also noticed that I’m not [previous music teacher], so that might explain the confusion.
10. My parents bought me this cool purple [instrument]! Ugh. Just…ugh.
Edit: Now in poster form!
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