Teaching Music: The Learning Disconnect

I made this video to illustrate a situation that may resonate with you. Pat answers can give the impression that a concept is understood, but an attempt at some synthesis can reveal whether or not learning has taken place. Are you the "sender" or the "receiver" of this new move-in student?


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This is exactly why I use learning to perform major scales as a vehicle for teaching music theory simultaneously. My students have a scale sheet with blank spaces that they write the letter names of the scales on. They use the Ed Lisk circle of 4th/5ths to determine the key signature and their transposition. This makes them responsible for understanding the theory, not just performing the scale accurately.