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It's Not Just Math Humor...

Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the humorous mistakes (i.e. gaffes) that students make on tests. As revealed in these mistakes by students on music questions, mathematics teachers are not alone in their "misery."

  • The principal singer of nineteenth-century opera was called pre-Madonna.
  • Young scholars have expressed their rapture for the Bronze Lullaby, the Taco Bell Cannon, Beethoven's Erotica, Tchaikovsky's Cracknutter Suite, and Gershwin's Rap City in Blue.
  • Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel; if they sing without music it is called Acapulco.
  • Probably the most marvelous fugue was the one between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
  • An interval in music is the distance from one piano to the next.
  • The correct way to find the key to a piece of music is to use a pitchfork.
  • Refrain means don't do it. A refrain in music is the part you'd better not try to sing.
  • I know what a sextet is but I'd rather not say.
  • My favorite composer was Opus. Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music.

Source: Stephen Price's (ed) 1001 Funniest Things Ever Said, Lyons Press, 2006