Visual Music Theory
In high school, I played the saxophone, guitar, and mandolin with some regularity. I found music theory to be interesting, but the patterns were difficult to hear and understand. As a guitarist, I realized I wasn't making sense of musical concepts with traditional ear training, but with visual and kinesthetic mnemonics.
I thought of all the people who claimed to have no musical aptitude and wondered if maybe they could learn music like me, visually. I kept a notebook of ideas and imagined a simple toy that visualized intervals and chords. I contacted Barry Kudrowitz, Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota, and met with him to discuss the toy concept.
The rest is history. I didn't pursue the toy further, but I did discover a community and a love of design. I later decided to attend the University of Minnesota and apply my creative abilities to the professional fields of mechanical engineering and product design.