I have Beans trained. Or Beans has me trained. Its all about how you look at it. When I am sitting at the table she will stand on her hind legs and gently tap my arm with her paw. That is her way of telling me she wants some food. Early on she did this once so I reinforced it by waiting until she gave me the tap before immediately stopping whatever I was doing to feed her. It is a system that has worked out very well and there is no meowing.
Now I have this Native American flute that was gifted to me. I've done the finish to it and am learning how to play it. When I start playing Beans will come over and give me the tap. Either the flute music is making her hungry or she's telling me please don't do that Dad. I'm thinking it is the latter because when I stop playing she goes back to whatever she was doing - sleeping, looking out the window, playing with a toy, but not going to her food dish. So I have to play the flute outside.
I guess this settles the initial question. Beans has me trained.