During my time at Texas Christian University, I mentioned to students that the order of learning the piece should be outside-in. Now, finally, I found time to make a slide representing this idea.
The premise is simple but easily forgettable when you practice. Best description would be to say:
"Every accent will be different depending on the context in which it appears".
Country of Lebanon is full of contrasts. You have Christians living side by side with Muslims. Mosques across churches, modern restaurants in ancient ruins, incredible Lebanese food served with French fries and coleslaw, hookah served with sashimi, full symphony orchestra withy great musicians and not a single educational orchestra program. Children here speak Arabic, English and French.
Imagination is a powerful tool that lets us transcend from here to anywhere. It is powerful enough in children to create a different reality. The more we are aware of our surroundings, the less we engage with our imagination. But it has to be paired with knowledge. Without knowledge and understating, pure imagination can be a false trait.