This time, a beginner played a C instead of an A, and I was trying to help him remember the correct note for next time.
ME: How do you know it's supposed to be an A? (The answer I was looking for was "because the stem points upward.")
KID: Because it's in the A space.
ME: True, but I want you to remember it in other ways than that. After
all, that little house in your backyard might be called a doghouse, but
suppose I put a weasel in there?
KID: It would jump out.
KID: Because there might be a dog in there.