One of the biggest joys I get out of teaching is never knowing what students will say at their lessons. In introducing the concept of a dotted quarter note to eighth note rhythm, I explain to this wonderful student that when we get to eighth notes, we cut them in half. And so the conversation went like this:
Me: “How in the world do you cut a quarter note in half?”
Student: “With scissors?”
Not exactly, but a wonderful answer! I’ve had so many unique and creative answers to questions that I ask when I teach, and it always keeps me on my toes. And that’s one of the things as a musician that I’ve learned to do. Ask questions. I’m not the end-all, be-all source of knowledge on music. I’m still learning, just as my students are. But I’ve found that when you ask questions, you learn some very creative and unique answers. And definitely a lot more fun than just me droning on and on to her about the dotted quarter note!
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