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Things My Music Students Say

Updated: Jul 30

I teach private music lessons to ages 5 through adult. The youngsters can be hilarious! I'm going to start writing down the stuff they say and will come back and update whenever a student comes up with a new gem.


A seven year old piano student stares intently at my forehead. I don't have much hair. Touching my head, she says, "Do you shave your hair from here on back?"


"Do you have any pets or girls?"


"I'm five and a half and I have a birthday in two weeks."


Arguing with a student.

Student – "That's not how it goes."

Me – "Yes, that's how it goes."

Student – "No it isn't"

Me – “Yes, it is."

We proceed back and forth like this for a while. Finally, I play my adult card. "I've been a professional musician for 40 years. I know what 'Pop Goes the Weasel' sounds like.

*Sounds of a father's laughter in the other room.*


Teaching piano finger numbers, I ask a new 5 year old student how she counts on her fingers. "However I want."


"My daddy's farts smell really bad."


I told an 8-year-old piano student that I didn't have Internet in the '80s when I was in high school. "You went to school in the Nineteens?" I am officially old.



A guitar student’s little brother drew this for me. He said he used the red to draw drops of blood.


I was so excited when a little guitar student announced that she had chips. I was wondering if I would get some free Doritos. I was a little disappointed to find that she meant "picks." She had picks. No Doritos for me.


A 10 year old guitar student told me today that she's going to a music camp in a couple weeks. She said at first she was worried that she would miss her mom, but then "I got over it."


Me to a young guitar student. "Do you remember what N.C. means?" "Nuclear Corruption?" "Um, it means 'no chord.'"


"Showering is a waste of soap."

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