Music Jokes for Teachers

They say laughter is the best medicine! And it’s true- Music jokes uplift the mood of any classroom, rehearsal, or music lesson. Keep jokes fun and positive, even if they poke a little bit of fun. Avoid overly negative or inappropriate jokes. Instead, focus on fun jokes that have a few teaching points.

Teaching Strategies

1. Having a tough rehearsal or lesson? Take a break and tell a few joke to ease tension and bring laughter to the room. Enjoy the positive energy that humor brings to a stressful rehearsal.

2. Give a list of music jokes to section leaders. Have the students share music jokes specific to their instrument or voice during sectional rehearsals.

3. Use music jokes as a teaching moment. Jokes like the one below are a great way to open up discussions on specific musical instruments and music theory, like chords:

How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb? 1…5…1… (1…4…5…5…1)

4. Post silly music jokes throughout your classroom on a Joke Wall or bulletin board. Encourage students to share their favorite positive musical jokes. The Joke Wall can be as simple as a bulletin board covered in post-it notes or an empty chalkboard.

Band Jokes
Every band director and music teacher needs a couple of fun jokes in their music teaching arsenal. Share these fun jokes in your classroom!

What did the flute player say to the tight rope walker? You better C Sharp or you’ll B flat!

How many clarinetists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Only one, but he’ll go through a whole box of bulbs before he finds just the right one.

Q: How do you know when a trumpet player is at your door?
A: The doorbell shrieks!

How many trombonists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just one, but he’ll do it loudly.

How do you fix a broken tuba?
With a tuba glue.

Q: How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. They have machines to do that now.

Orchestra Jokes
Share these enjoyable orchestra jokes with your music students next rehearsal for a quick chuckle.

How do you tell the difference between a violinist and a dog?
The dog knows when to stop scratching.

What’s the difference between a viola and a fish?
You can’t tuna fish.

How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb?
1…5…1… (1…4…5…5…1)

Wagner’s music has beautiful moments but some bad quarters of an hour.”

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. – J.S. Bach

Wagner’s Music is better than it sounds – Mark Twain.

Piano Teacher Jokes
Bring a smile to your piano students’ faces with these fun jokes.

Why are pianist’s fingers like lightening?
Because they never strike the same place twice.

What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
A flat minor.

What do you call a fish musician?
A piano tuna.

Student to Teacher: I can’t reach the brakes on this piano!

Note left from pianist to his wife: “Gone Chopin, have Liszt, Bach in a Minuet.”

Choir Jokes
Change your “la-la-la” to “ha-ha-ha” with these music jokes.

Q: Did you hear about the female opera singer who had quite a range at the lower end of the scale.
A: She was known as the deep C diva.

How many altos does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. They can’t get that high.

Operas that Never Made It:
Britten: A Midsummer Nightmare.
Mozart: The Magic Tuba.
Puccini: La Bamba.
Rossini: The Plumber of Seville.
Verdi: Rigatoni.

World Music Jokes
Chuckles abound with these fun music jokes with a folk music flair.

How do you know when there is a bodhran player at your front door?
The knocking gets faster and faster and faster.

What’s a accordion good for?
Learning how to fold a map

How long does it take to tune a chang?
Nobody knows.

What are your favorite music jokes? Share with us in the comments section below.


  • By Nikki Reply

    Why did Mozart kill his chickens?

    They kept saying “Bach, Bach, Bach”!

    • By nikki Reply

      hahahahahahahahahha good one!

  • By Brenda Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Laugheter is a valuable part of social connection! These activites are also great. Very much appreciated.

  • By Sandy Reply

    What do you call an accordion (or banjo) at the bottom of a well? A good start Why do you not leave your banjo (or accordion) in the back seat of your unlocked car? Because when you come back, there might be two. What is the difference between God and a band director? God knows he’s not a band director. (Oh, come on, have a sense of humor) That’s all I got today and yes, I do have an accordion and a banjo!

  • By Ray Miller Reply

    The other day I rushed into a market for some food. I left my banjo in my locked car, knowing it would be safe. Upon my return, I noticed my rear window was broken. Yes, my worst fear was realized, someone had thrown an accordion into the back set next to my banjo.

  • By Nathan Smith Reply

    Here’s one: What’s the difference between a frog and a trombonist? The frog is more likely to have a gig!

  • By stu Reply

    what do viola players and terrorists have in common?
    they both f up bowings…

  • By Wendy Reply

    What do music and fishes have in common?

  • By Wendy Reply

    What do music and army have in common?

  • By David Reply

    How can you find a trombone player’s kid on the playground? They can’t use the slide and don’t know how to swing. hahaha

  • By Jennifer Reply

    I sing baritone in a harmony chorus:

    Q. What’s the difference between a baritone and a chainsaw?

    A. You can tune a chainsaw.

  • By Heather Reply

    How many conductors does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Nobody knows because noone ever watches the conductor!

  • By Geri Chappelle Reply

    What do music and army have in common? One of of my students said “Marches” when I asked the question mentioned above!

  • By Joni Reply

    What is Beethoven’s favorite food?

    (Sung to Beethoven’s 5th)
    “Ba-na-na-na, Ba-na-na-na, Ba-na-na-na, “

  • By Fiona Reply

    What do you get if you drop a piano on an army base?
    A flat major!

    What is Beethoven’s favourite fruit?
    Ba-na-na-naaa (opening motif of symphony no.5)

  • By Dorriss Reply

    What did the orchestra teacher say when she sneezed?

    “I have malfunctioned.”

  • By Paul Reply

    Why did the skeleton want to join band?
    He wanted a trom-bone!

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