Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!


SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Virtual Sheet Music
Download Sheet Music Instantly
Virtual Sheet Music - Classical Sheet Music Downloads
Sheet Music...
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Modern Piano Moving
Modern Piano Moving
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2017
(ad)
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
Who's Online Now
97 registered members (alfredo capurso, Bambers, AZ_Astro, barbaram, Areris, 28 invisible), 1,527 guests, and 9 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
#2036864 - 02/21/13 11:25 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,609
chasingrainbows Offline
1000 Post Club Member
chasingrainbows  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,609
NJ
I have an 8 year old student who pronounces staccato as "scattato." It's so cute and makes me smile everytime.


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2036865 - 02/21/13 11:28 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,609
chasingrainbows Offline
1000 Post Club Member
chasingrainbows  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,609
NJ
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


Piano teacher, BA Music, MTNA member
#2037056 - 02/21/13 05:28 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Overexposed]  
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,893
TimR Online content
3000 Post Club Member
TimR  Online Content
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,893
Virginia, USA
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.


gotta go practice
#2037301 - 02/22/13 03:03 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 263
Maechre Offline
Full Member
Maechre  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 263
Melbourne, Australia
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.


I love sight-reading! One day I will master it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Acrozius?feature=mhee
#2038267 - 02/24/13 03:43 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 483
Pete the bean Offline
Full Member
Pete the bean  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 483
Canada
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?"

#2038290 - 02/24/13 06:29 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
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!

#2040030 - 02/27/13 09:41 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,651
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Overexposed  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,651
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.


#2050108 - 03/18/13 08:10 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 263
Maechre Offline
Full Member
Maechre  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 263
Melbourne, Australia
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!


I love sight-reading! One day I will master it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Acrozius?feature=mhee
#2050267 - 03/18/13 02:13 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 8
jampff Offline
Junior Member
jampff  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 8
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..."


Piano teacher & church musician
"I'm not the best piano teacher. I'm the best piano teacher I can be right now."
#2050272 - 03/18/13 02:20 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: jampff]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
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

#2050275 - 03/18/13 02:28 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]  
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 8
jampff Offline
Junior Member
jampff  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 8
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!


Piano teacher & church musician
"I'm not the best piano teacher. I'm the best piano teacher I can be right now."
#2050327 - 03/18/13 04:22 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
Good to hear. All the same, watch your back.

#2105410 - 06/20/13 03:50 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
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?"

#2105412 - 06/20/13 03:55 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]  
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Barb860 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Barb860  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
northern California
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".


Piano Teacher
#2105435 - 06/20/13 05:05 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
Great! laugh

#2105734 - 06/21/13 12:35 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
rada Offline
1000 Post Club Member
rada  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
pagosa springs,co
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

#2105974 - 06/21/13 09:25 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]  
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Barb860 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Barb860  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
northern California
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


laugh and thumb


Piano Teacher
#2106443 - 06/22/13 08:26 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
rada Offline
1000 Post Club Member
rada  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
pagosa springs,co
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

#2106505 - 06/22/13 11:45 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]  
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Barb860 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Barb860  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
northern California
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.....


Piano Teacher
#2109747 - 06/28/13 03:29 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
rada Offline
1000 Post Club Member
rada  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,124
pagosa springs,co
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

#2109766 - 06/28/13 04:03 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: rada]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
Oh, that is just wonderful! smile

#2111856 - 07/02/13 10:34 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,090
bzpiano Offline
1000 Post Club Member
bzpiano  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,090
Irvine, CA
Define "DC al Fine"....
7YO student wrote:
Go back to the begging and play until you see the word fine.

thumb


Piano lessons in Irvine, CA
Follow my 4YO student here: http://bit.ly/FollowMeiY
#2129605 - 08/07/13 10:47 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: bzpiano]  
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
Barb860 Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Barb860  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,654
northern California
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.?"


Piano Teacher
#2129696 - 08/08/13 04:11 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
laugh

#2144895 - 09/05/13 10:03 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 39
PApianoteacher Offline
Full Member
PApianoteacher  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 39
"But isn't B flat major the one with the sharps in it?"

- 11 year old girl


#2145053 - 09/06/13 02:52 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: PApianoteacher]  
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
ten left thumbs Offline
3000 Post Club Member
ten left thumbs  Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 3,336
Scotland
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?!?!?

#2145193 - 09/06/13 11:02 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: Barb860]  
Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 78
Amy B Offline
Full Member
Amy B  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jun 2012
Posts: 78
San Francisco Bay Area
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). :-)



Shigeru Kawai SK6 (as of 10/22/12!!)
Ivers and Pond upright
MTNA, CAPMT
#2145204 - 09/06/13 11:20 AM Re: funny things students say [Re: ten left thumbs]  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,414
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
keystring  Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,414
Canada
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

#2145252 - 09/06/13 12:23 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: keystring]  
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,893
TimR Online content
3000 Post Club Member
TimR  Online Content
3000 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,893
Virginia, USA
It's not unusual to have double flats in the key signature, but I admit I've never seen a double sharp!


gotta go practice
#2145258 - 09/06/13 12:40 PM Re: funny things students say [Re: TimR]  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,414
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
keystring  Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,414
Canada
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?

Page 5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6

Moderated by  Ken Knapp 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


(ad)
Pianoteq
Grotrian Concert
Royal
for Pianoteq out now
What's Hot!!
Why Do You Play The Piano?
-------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
-------------------
Piano Classified Ads
New Topics - Multiple Forums
What profession to choose?
by Viacheslav. 05/29/17 07:11 AM
Building Pianos in Africa
by Lirika. 05/29/17 05:49 AM
Yamaha N1 - is it still a good buy?
by Loga. 05/29/17 04:40 AM
(ad)
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Report Problems With New Forums
Report Problems with New Forums Here!
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics179,945
Posts2,630,746
Members87,916
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0