List of songs banned by music teachers

(In no particular order)

  • Chopsticks
  • Heart and Soul
  • Fur Elise
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • That song by the White Stripes (Seven Nation Army?)
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Clocks by Coldplay (Donna’s suggestion)
  • Theme from Rugrats (Shane’s suggestion)

Have any more you’d like to add? How about some music teachers should ban themselves from using as repertoire?

We have a grand piano in the lobby of the school, and more often than not students are banging away on it with any old tune. If I see them doing this I go up and gently suggest that for such a beautiful piano we really need “beautiful music”. That does one of two things

– they look embarrassed and walk away or go to a piano practice room

– they proceed to play the beautiful piece they’ve been working so diligently on for so long.

It is highly likely that many parents would consider me persnickety but I don’t care. Teaching my students the value of  pleasing an audience through music rather than pleasing just yourself is an ultimate goal of mine.

About Alison Armstrong

Alison Armstrong BMus./BEd. (Queensland University of Technology), Dip. ABRSM (Performance- Singing) I have trained to teach Music (Elementary, Middle and High School) and Drama (Middle and High School). This is my 7th year as a teacher.
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5 Responses to List of songs banned by music teachers

  1. Donna Cianciosi says:

    The beginning of ‘Clocks’ by Coldplay is another one on the banned list.

  2. Shane T says:

    Axel F
    Rugrats Theme

  3. Erick T says:

    I’d probably add Van Halen’s “Jump” to the list. Showing my age.

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