1. You go to the music store to buy music for yourself, and everything you pick up makes you think of one of your students who might like to play it.
2. Daydreaming includes brainstorming new ideas for teaching aids and 'writing' blog posts in your head.
3. You go to Michael's craft store for a specific item, but everything you see gives you an idea for a musical craft or teaching aid.
4. You run your errands in town while wondering if anyone around you is also a music teacher.
5. You take your children to the park and can't help but wonder how many of the other children playing there are enrolled in music lessons.
6. Your local music store gives you a discount on everything you buy there. All you have to say is "I'm a music teacher."
7. You try to dissect and analyse the theory in the chords you hear while listening to music.
8. When listening to someone else play, you cheer them on in your mind, regardless of whether or not they are your student.
9. It melts your heart to receive a crumpled, scribbled piece of paper covered in artwork from one of your students.
10. The walls of your living room have music charts and dry erase boards on them instead of framed art. (For those of us who teach at home)
11. Your toddlers beg to be your students just so they can indulge in a piece of candy from your "piano lesson candy jar."
12. You can't get over how much you love what you do!
Do you have a "You know you're a teacher when..." to add to my list? Please share. :)