Many songs, such as "Hot For Teacher," "The Art Teacher" and "When I Kissed the Teacher," discuss a student's romantic attraction toward a teacher. Some songs that consider the teacher's point of view include "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "The Hard Way."
"Hot For Teacher," performed by Van Halen, was notable for its music video, which featured a Miss Canada participant and a Norwegian model as teachers dressed in bikinis. In the lyrics of "The Art Teacher," Rufus Wainwright compares his teacher to a beautiful work of art in a museum. "Don't Stand So Close to Me," performed by The Police, presents a teacher trying to fight the temptation of a relationship with a student, although the final result is left to the imagination. "The Hard Way," performed by The Kinks, expresses the perspective of a disillusioned teacher who believes that his students can only learn through punishment.