I own the world's weirdest child, I swear. Music dictation...they've done 2/4 time, 3/4 time, & 4/4 time; the easy ones & Ditz has flubbed them all. Goodness knows where her brain goes; I'm not game to ask & I can see Alison shaking her head there are sooo many mistakes. This week they do 6/8 (one of the hard ones) & Ditz doesn't put a note wrong!!! And she was the only one to get the 6/8 completely right. Alison was shocked. I was sniggering into my paperback. Like, 'Welcome to my World!' Yep, Ditz has done this forever. Like most visual/spatial learners she's a whole picture learner, never sequential, & the hard stuff is what she finds easy. The easy stuff I suspect spaces her out. She just gets bored & takes a little mental vacation. It throws people. It threw Alison tonight.
It's the same with the hand movements. There is a hand movement to go with each note of a scale ~ absolutely brilliant in my book but Ditz is completely unco~ordinated at this level (like her mama) & flounders round with her hands all over the place. It does not matter; she can hit the right note without the hand movements.
I get it, I truely do. I either get something in one blinding flash or you're wasting your time trying to instruct me, but try explaining that to a sequential thinker. They can't grasp how you can arrive at D correctly if you have missed steps A,B, & C. Wht bother with A,B & C if you've got D? And this is why my child doesn't show her working in math, draws beautifully, & happily wallows in musical terms that no~one has ever bothered to actually explain to her. On the other hand teaching her is a teacher's nightmare.