Music teachers are sharing the best excuses their students have given for not practising
14 July 2020, 11:35 | Updated: 14 July 2020, 11:53
Sometimes, you’ll give absolutely any excuse to your teacher for not practising that week. However far-fetched...
Yesterday, we asked our community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: “Music teachers. What’s the best excuse you’ve ever heard from a student who hasn’t practised?”
Here are some of the best responses. Big love to all the music teachers out there who managed to keep a straight face at these honkers.
A 5 year old student once told me we practise again and again and then one day we die and it was all pointless anyway. Young Nietzsche in the making there...— Maddie Jones (@MadsCreative) July 13, 2020
This fooled me until I got talking to his Dad who confirmed they had a piano this whole time.. 😂— Keith Stears (@Keith_Stears) July 13, 2020
Wait, they get better...
My clarinet won’t work, even after I put it in the dishwasher.— Mr. Wichert (@MrWichert) July 14, 2020
A student I've been teaching for just over a year said he forgot to practise because he forgot he had piano lessons— Audrey Johnson (@AudreyXinyi) July 13, 2020
There are more...
„My little brother didn’t like what I was playing so he threw my flute out of the window.“— Anna Log (@_Anna_Log) July 13, 2020
"I had to wash my cows." That, so far, is the best one.— CLHawkBand (@CLHawkBand) July 13, 2020
Animals were a popular alibi...
A trumpet student once told me they couldn’t practice throughout the summer holidays because a mouse had moved in to the trumpet case and subsequently died in the bell of the instrument!— Mike Poyser (@mikethetuba) July 13, 2020
"I got a new goldfish, it's scared of me playing"— Helen Varley (@HelenVarlz) July 13, 2020
"I've been busy practising for the Fortnite olympics so I can win a million pounds!"
Oh come on...
"I wasn't able to practice (for an entire week), because we went to the mall on Saturday."— David Lane (@DavidMLaneMusic) July 13, 2020
I had a student tell me they couldn’t practise because their oven had broken...🤦🏼♀️— Rachel ward (@Rach_Ward92) July 13, 2020
Or, you could just give up and blame it on the dog.
It gives my dog a headache.— Ian (@Ianburton1961) July 13, 2020
The Dog ate my Harp.— Sid (@Sidneykidney4) July 13, 2020
When a student arrived for their lesson, a wad of garbage appeared from their pocket - apparently music. It became apparent the bottom fourth was missing w/ visible canine teeth marks. I exclaimed (in amusement), "You didn't practice because your dog LITERALLY ate your homework?" https://t.co/GXOk84sO2b— 🎻 Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Double Bass & Viols 🎻 (@PhillipWSerna) July 13, 2020
Thanks to all the wonderful music teachers out there. Your patience, professionalism and sense of humour are forever appreciated.