If I sound authoritarian it's because I have experienced the ill effects of too much theory blocking my primary responses to sound.  
How does this work? 
Take almost any Beethoven sonata for piano or any duo.  Knowing just by looking at the score what category a chord fits into enables me to play the notes correctly, first time.  But do I notice how ugly they sometimes are?  Not as vividly as my young students who, absent definitions to mask reality, react immediately with a lively mixture of disbelief and laughter.  How can Beethoven, of all people, do this to me?  
Listening to their unspoiled reactions makes me internalize music in a new way.  
I keep reminding myself that if he would certainly not be encouraged, perhaps even allowed, to produce progressions like that in a theory class.  
 


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