Teaching pass: Suddenly this week I was able to explain two concepts that I’ve always had so much trouble helping students to understand. Groups of 4 in 6/8 time and duples in 9/8 time. Another reminder that one must never give up trying to figure out how to do something. For years I couldn’t find the right words or the right combination of elements that would turn on the light bulb of understanding in the student’s mind. I’m glad I’m not as dim as I previously thought.
Me: Ok, let’s take it from the coda hands together. Watch out for the F#’ s and-
Student: You’ll have to wait. My friend is texting me.