Hello all TMers! I have been doing some thinking. My sophomore music ed. semester has just wrapped up and my heads spinning with rote procedure, writing down music in a visual/not notational manner, having kids learn tonal patterns, using notated music after learning the song by ear, and other theoretical, pedagogical approaches. Now, when I went to school my teacher put a method book in front of me and said "Here's a G. It's open on the trumpet. Play a G." and the rest was history. SO... My question I have been turning over in my mind is, "How much rote playing is too much?" Were you taught by rote or by the old-school music stand/method book approach? Do you think that teaching music should evolve into more rote teaching and other "creative" techniques or is it fine the way it is? As a future music teacher, I want to find out others thoughts and opinions on the subject, that maybe I haven't thought about or considered. So ready, set, go.... Let's hear what you have to say!