Introducing Weekly Listening Activities

Explore music beyond current practice pieces and learn by observation.  An initiative to expose students to a wider variety of music - to spark inspiration, imagination and cultivate a better understanding of genres in the musical world.

Listening is a necessary learning tool in creating the music we desire.  Listening calls concentration to our creation.  It acts as the road map guiding our practice and also the plane that allows us to explore a world unknown.  A vast variety of musical gems remain undiscovered simply because they are not played on mainstream media.  Our most loved pieces often come by recommendation.  This has aided my knowledge and growth in music tremendously.  It has also fueled my passion for music and instilled a newfound inspiration in my practice many times.

Weekly Listening Activities

  • Short selection of pieces to listen to during the week (not only Classical)
  • A few questions for reflection and brief discussion in the following lesson

Active listening is essential – undivided attention allows the listener to hear how phrasing, articulation, and other musical devices come together in unity.  Much like watching a sports game to see how players move and carry out a play, learning by observation is just one more way to gain a better understanding of an art, craft, or anything for that matter.

Before your next lesson, take  a First Look: Prelude & a Snow Piece

Activities begin January 15th

I understand this requires time and music education is not be the sole activity of most students.  Active listening can be a part of your week without taking up much, if any additional time.

Suggestions to integrate Active Listening into a busy schedule:

  • Directly before lesson (while waiting) to settle down
  • In the car on the way to school, sports, etc.
  • During a meal or snack time
  • While doing chores
  • Before or after practicing at the piano
  • Before or after a bedtime story/activity
  • Before playtime on a tablet/phone - listen first, then carry on with free time

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

I appreciate any input and would be glad to have a discussion around this.