In one of my music education classes we discussed the difference between teaching non-verbally (example and imitation) , co-verbally (you talk to direct their attention to specifics), and descriptively (you talk and they do). The idea is that co-verbal is usually the best although this is becomes less and less effective on younger students. My question is what happened to the action part of learning in higher level classes? It seems to me that all to often the focus in the classroom is on explanation not on the actually hands on part of the learning. Just because I'm older, and can be more mature by sitting through long lectures doesn't mean that that is the way I learn the best...or does it?