Everything in my teaching convinces me that traditional music pedagogy has it all wrong, insofar as we assume that the "master" hears more and better than the student.  I would say it all depends on how old the student is: the younger the student, the more acuity is involved in his or her hearing.  I listen for what my youngest students hear because I know they are more literally tuned-in than I am, though I do strive not to forget the intensity of what first struck me as knock-down terrific when I was a very young child.
Acuity as I use it refers to sharpness and accuracy in equal measure.


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