I never found it easy to locate words to name or describe my experience of musical events: something always seemed to get in the way. Perhaps it was that I thought I was expected to know what I was talking about, as if there could be only one right way to talk about the experience.
Determined not to perpetuate that particular confusion, I deliberately kept my students from developing abstract vocabularies to mask their experience. The result is glistening accuracy in their ability to verbalize the quality of what they hear.
It took a while.