I have a habit of asking my students how they are when they walk into the studio. Actually, the conversation usually goes like this:

Me: “Well hello there! And how are you today?”

Student: “Tired.”

Me: “Well, that’s nothing new. And how’s the oboe?”

Student: “Okay.”

I hereby announce that I am not going to be asking my students those two questions. They call for no creativity. Every student answers in the same way. At least most of the time. So this has got to stop! I’m tired of students saying they are tired. And I’ll know whether the oboe is really “okay” shortly after they sit down anyway!

I do wish students weren’t so tired all the time. It’s very troubling to have exhausted students sitting there attempting to play. Or looking very glum that they must attempt to play. It’s sometimes very difficult to keep my own energy level up when they give off “weary vibes.” Maybe next time I’ll just suggest that the student can pay for a nap.

Just kidding, of course. But students, perhaps you could think of something else to say if I forget I said I wasn’t going to ask how you are. Even if you just say something like “Well, I could have more energy but I’m ready for a lesson now so I’ll hang in there for the next hour or so!”

Please? :-)

I love teaching you. Really I do! I just want you to be present here, if you know what I mean!

Daily Observations blogger Charles Noble writes about and has a link to “weird classical music news” in the Seattle Times. I’m with him; the weirdest news of all is that the Seattle Times’ writer, Melinda Bargreen, omitted anything about their very own symphony orchestra. To these ears that speaks volumes.