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#22579 - 01/09/03 03:28 PM Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Jalapeņo Offline
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When she came for her lesson this week, my student (an 8-year-old girl) said, "One of the most important things to remember when playing the piano is to sit on a cushion." Since I've been reminding her to do this every week since she started lessons with me 2 years ago, I had a tough time retaining my composure when she said this, LOL. \:D

Little Pepper's revised lyrics for "The Twelve Days of Christmas" ... On the first day of Christmas, my turtle said to me ... \:D

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#22580 - 01/09/03 05:40 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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When my 11 y.o. student misplayed the wrong key/s one lesson, she said, "whoops, pressed the wrong button."
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#22581 - 01/09/03 06:07 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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I had a girl,whos 9 yrs. old tell me today, in a rather stern tone of voice, after she got done reading through a new piece from the PA Accel. book 1, "Now, I want you to tell me when I need to practice something more, I want to know when I need to work on it, so tell me when I need to practice on it more."

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#22582 - 01/09/03 07:24 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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I have a litle 5 yr. old student that mentioned to me one day she couldn't practice on her piano because she was "allergic" to it! After questioning further, I realized the piano was badly in need of tuning and she simply didn't want to practice on it and preferred mine instead. She asked her mom if she could come practice at my house everyday! (he)he
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#22583 - 01/10/03 06:32 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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I once had a 7-year-old student who never practiced & tried to excuse herself by telling me that she was too tired; she said that her mother was getting her up at 5 AM every day & kept her busy 'til bedtime [which, of course, was very late, :rolleyes: ;)] with schoolwork, so no time for practice.

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#22584 - 01/10/03 07:24 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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Once I had a student that was preparing for a recital by practicing her bow at the end of her practice. It became apparent at the recital that her piano at home was positioned with the treble end against a wall. When she stood up to bow at the recital, she exited the bench at the bass end and bowed with her bum to the audience! \:D

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#22585 - 01/10/03 08:05 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Jalapeņo Offline
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Several weeks ago, my students gave a formal Christmas recital. Each student performed 3 songs, & I performed one "encore" song to end the program. I didn't put Little Pepper on the program because she's in pre-primer & because I wasn't sure how she'd handle performing in public. Well, to my surprise, when our program ended she got up out of her seat & announced that she was going to perform 3 songs. She went to the piano studio, got out her lesson book, hopped up on the piano bench & played 3 pieces. When she made a tiny mistake on one piece, she just said, "Oops! I screwed that up!" & kept playing. She wasn't the least bit nervous, & everybody got a kick out of it. \:D Of course, now I'm going to have to work with her regarding recital etiquette, etc. because she obviously wants to perform. I wonder where she got the "performance bug" from? ;\) \:D

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#22586 - 01/18/03 06:35 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Randall Faber Global Moderator Offline
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These are great! Thanks for posting them.

Please keep the funny stories coming in. We can publish some in issues of the upcoming Piano Adventures newsletter, called The Piano Adventures Teacher. The column is titled "Smiles from the Studio."

Happy New Year and best wishes!
Randy

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#22587 - 01/19/03 08:25 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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In my very first student-recital as a piano teacher (a looooooong time ago... \:D ), a young 5-year old was to start the programme. As he hopped on the piano stool, some parents on the front row were still whispering and getting their eyes the printed programmes. All of the sudden, the boy looks at the audience and shoots: "Who is making noise? I want to play!". Nobody could control the laughter... and at the end, after all our practice with bowing, the little fellow jumped off the stool and kept bowing, and bowing, and bowing, and bowing... until I had to drag him out the stage!!

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#22588 - 01/19/03 07:01 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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A long time ago I learned that a teacher must try to be crystal clear in giving instructions! I had been explaining to a young boy about playing with arm weight, and had jotted a note about such in his assignment book. The next week, the boy's mother came in, and said that her son was having a hard time playing with bags of rice draped over his wrist, and wanted to know if there was something else I suggested that he use for "arm weights." Oh my goodness! I didn't want to burst out laughing in front of this well-intentioned mother, but the mental picture of him playing that way still cracks me up!! \:D

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#22589 - 01/19/03 09:32 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Janice Offline
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Recital before last went well and at the end in my parting remarks I said "that was wonderful - does anyone want to do it again?" (of course, I was just teasing because I thought they would be as happy to have it over as I was.) People started laughing and I looked around and there were about eight kids lined up behind me ready to go again. \:o I had to explain I was teasing. You really have to watch what you say! \:D

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#22590 - 03/02/03 12:39 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
MadisonR Offline
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Registered: 03/01/03
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Loc: South Carolina
I had a little one come in one week who told me that he couldn't practice because his refrigerator was broken. I think the reward system at home was through food!

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#22591 - 03/02/03 01:36 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Musica Offline
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Loc: Montreal, Qc, Canada
Practice excuse are the best. Let's see what I've had:

- Couldn't practice because I went to Blockbuster with my mother. (I guess she was there all week)
- Couldn't practice spent the weekend at my dad's (I guess weekend has 7 days)
- I practice alot this week because I had nothing better to do since I'm grounded. (Gee I'm glad they think playing the piano is nothing better)
- Couldn't practice my grandparents were babysitting us (parents were away for the week) and they don't like noise (didn't think music was noise)
- I can't practice, my cat won't let me, it always jumps on the piano when I begin practicing.

Boy do we hear a lot imaginative lines from students. I get a real kick out these.

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#22592 - 03/02/03 02:11 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Jalapeņa Offline
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A few weeks ago, a piano teacher friend of mine told me that one of her students said she couldn't practice because her father couldn't locate Middle C on the keyboard. :rolleyes:

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#22593 - 03/04/03 01:50 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Bontempo Offline
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A little girl once told me "Teacher, I really would like to practice at home, but then I forget it!".
Another said he really liked to practice but that since he had gotten his new Playstation and G.I.Joes there was no time left...

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#22594 - 03/04/03 10:12 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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A new student wanted to show me that she had picked out a tune by ear on the piano. She proceeded to play "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music beginning on F, using all white keys. So the first phrase was just fine, but the "drop of golden sun" sounded a bit, well, odd. She proceeded to play the entire tune note-perfect in the Lydian mode. I then suggested using "C" as the starting note.

She tried it. But before I had a chance to show her the necessary black keys, around "a needle pulling thread" she stopped and said, "I think it sounds better starting the song on F."

\:D

I suspect this student might be one of the few who will adore Bartok!

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#22595 - 04/05/03 09:39 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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Our local MTAC branch just finished Certificate of Merit last week. After grading all of the theory tests, here are some interesting answers students came up with:

Classical composer - "Garlatti"
Parts of a sonatina - "Exposition, Development, Recupileation and Recapiculation"
Octave interval identified - "7th, etc..."
Toccata - "light, and machine-like"
Diminuendo - "disappear slowly"
con brio - "with beat"
tranquillo - "tranquilized"
3 sections of a sonata - "theme, chorus, refrain"
The Bach Family - "S. Bach, M. Bach, and G Bach"

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#22596 - 04/05/03 01:54 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Jalapeņa Offline
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Loc: New Mexico
CD Kid (my daughter): You're lucky, Mom.

Me: Why?

CD Kid: ...because when you were a child, Elvis was still alive.

\:D

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#22597 - 04/05/03 07:13 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Arlene Steffen Offline
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Yeah, I know how that feels!

I had a college student in the van with me last semester when I put in a Chicago CD. I asked her if she had ever listened to Chicago and she said, "Oh, are they an oldies group?" :rolleyes: \:\(

You know you're pushing 40 when . . .

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#22598 - 06/01/03 09:02 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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Loc: Maple Grove, MN
This wasn't something a student said, but what was said to her at her Guild audition. She is a fantastic kid, staright A student, competetive figure skater, great musician, a polite and courteous 14-yr. old (How many of these do you encounter in a lifetime?!) Evidently our Guild judge this year was impressed, too, because she asked me "Who *is* that girl? I want to take her home to South Carolina with me to marry my 15-yr old son!" [Maybe in a couple of years??] Maybe it was a *you had to be there* situation, but it sure gave us a laugh.

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#22599 - 06/05/03 06:36 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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I couldn't practice this week because my cat won't use the litter box unless it's next to the piano.....it smells too bad.

We had testing all week in school....duh, she didn't even have any homework assignments all week.
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#22600 - 06/05/03 01:27 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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About 2 years ago, one of my students who had just barely turned 6, was asked to locate different keys on the piano. (He was just learning their locations.) I asked him to locate an "A" key for me. After looking at the keys for a minute and seeming confused, he bent over and started smelling all the keys. When I asked him if he would please show me where an "A" is , he said, "Hang on...I'm sniffing it out."

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#22601 - 06/05/03 02:56 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Lisa Kalmar Offline
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\:D \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D \:D

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#22602 - 06/05/03 07:59 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
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Jalapeņa, I know you'll like this one:

"Miss Adrienne? I can't WAIT 'til we start that Bartok book!"

\:D \:D \:D \:D
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#22603 - 06/05/03 09:28 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Jalapeņa Offline
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Loc: New Mexico
Weird kid! ;\) \:D

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Originally posted by AdrienneM:
Jalapeņa, I know you'll like this one:

"Miss Adrienne? I can't WAIT 'til we start that Bartok book!"

\:D \:D \:D \:D

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#22604 - 06/06/03 11:05 AM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
AdrienneM Offline
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Yep, pretty much. ;\)

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Originally posted by Jalapeņa:
Weird kid! ;\) \:D

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Originally posted by AdrienneM:
Jalapeņa, I know you'll like this one:

"Miss Adrienne? I can't WAIT 'til we start that Bartok book!"

\:D \:D \:D \:D
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#22605 - 06/06/03 02:34 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Lilla Offline
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I've got an even wierder one. Won't switch from Music Tree because she loves Skip & Bobo.

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#22606 - 06/08/03 11:54 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Bontempo Offline
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Loc: Belgium/Portugal
"Funny" comment from, probably, one of my best students EVER:

"Teacher, I feel Piano Lessons are so more motivating than my other lessons at school!"

"Why?"

"Because at school, the more lessons I have, the more I know. At Piano Lesson, it seems as if each lesson shows me more things that I still don't know!"


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#22607 - 06/11/03 01:37 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
lynn Offline
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Registered: 06/11/03
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Loc: TN
The "sniffing it out" is hilarious!
Many years ago as a very young teacher I had a new student, 5 years old, who had already had about 6 months of instruction (in Japan, I think). I asked her to do an exercise I called "airplanes", in which the student closes her eyes, takes any finger (or a finger I ask for) and go "zoom, zoom, zoom" around in the air and "land" on a key, then name it. I gave her those instructions. She follosed them preciselg, then named the note. Imagine my astonishment when she DID NOT OPEN HER EYES to name it: I hadn't told her to! I asked her to repeat this several times, and she was correct every time! We BOTH cried when she went back to Japan at the end of the year!

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#22608 - 06/11/03 01:41 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
lynn Offline
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Registered: 06/11/03
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Loc: TN
My little student was much more accurate than my typing: sorry! \:\(

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#22609 - 06/11/03 03:14 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
Lisa Kalmar Offline
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Besides a cute story, you provided a groovy game I've never heard. Can't wait to incorporate it! PS: Waaaaaaay Impressive Resume you've got there!

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#22610 - 06/11/03 07:04 PM Re: Amusing Comments, etc. from Piano Students
NancyK Offline
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Registered: 03/27/03
Posts: 644
Loc: North Dakota
Wow Lynn, what a story. I play that same game but I have NEVER had a student name a note with their eyes CLOSED! Whoa!

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