The internet and the culture it has created have quickly become an unavoidable part of every day life, so it should come as no surprise that the hashtag sign has sneaked into music classrooms all over the world.
Music teachers have taken to social media to lament the fact that their young students now refer to the sharp sign as a hashtag after a Twitter user reported that her sister, who teaches cello, experienced this with her new pupils.
The post has been shared more than 75,000 times, prompting other teachers- and those who know them- to verify the information, saying their students also have renamed the music sign.
Millennial talk: Social media users began lamenting that kids refer to the sharp sign as a hashtag after a Twitter user reported that her sister experienced this with her new pupils
It’s a thing: Music teachers quickly began replying to the tweet, saying their students also use the Internet language when referring to the music symbol
‘MY TEACHER TEACHES CELLO,’ the post reads. ‘SHE REPORTS THAT HER NEW STUDENTS CALL SHARPS “HASHTAGS”
‘CONCERTO IN F HASHTAG’.
Teachers quickly began sharing the post and replying to confirm that their students also refer to the sharp sign as a hashtag.
‘This is 100% accurate,’ said one reply. ‘ My 3rd-5th graders have called a sharp a hashtag and we spend a good 5 minutes learning that it’s not.’
As with every social media controversy, people began posting hilarious memes.
There’s a meme for that: People also shared hilarious memes lamenting the fact that young music students have renamed the sharp sign as ‘hashtag’
A changing world: Many music teachers said they’ve had to spend time explaining to students that the sharp sign is not a hashtag
One of them posted by media and entertainment group Global features a picture of legendary composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven with the words: I used the ‘#’ in front of everything before Twitter.
Another showed a cartoon piano teacher telling a young student that the first thing she wants her to do is ‘forget everything you know about texting’.
Parents also got in the discussion, sharing stories of their kids using the Internet term during their music lessons.
‘My [eight-year-old] kid to her music teacher upon writing F sharp on her music notebook: “Why a hashtag?”‘ a mother wrote from The Netherlands.
The social media debate has even inspired merchandise, with one company selling a coffee mug that says ‘
They’ve heard it too: Parents also shared stories of their kids referring to the sharp sign as a hashtag during their music lessons
A coffee mug for every occasion: The social media discussion even inspired a coffee mug