Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Musical Amusements

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Musical Amusements

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It was early in the year of my Grade 7 instrumental/band class, several years ago. The students were eager to learn and play their new instruments, and were so excited. On this particular day, the students were ready to play as most had practiced over the weekend. I raised my baton to begin, the students got their instruments ready, when suddenly we heard a loud, piercing, scream from the trumpet section. I jumped in surprise (as did many other students) and exclaimed, "What's wrong! What happened!" (My heart was racing, ready to call an ambulance.) The student had a horrified expression, and in a panic said, "LOOK! My valves are GONE!" I breathed a sigh of relief and calmly said, "Yes, you are holding your trumpet upside down." There is never a dull moment when you teach music.

Anonymous - British Columbia

My secondary school classroom was quite large, with very high acoustic tile ceilings. …

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