Introduction to Listening Activities

Weekly Listening Activities

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.

  • 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

Weekly listening activities are designed for students to explore music beyond the current level of repertoire and learn by observation. 

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. 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.

Reflect - Develop a greater sense of musicality, cultivate an understanding of music history, genres and style periods.

Observe - Watching fine pianists who have perfected their art offers valuable lessons both technically and musically for students of any level.

Active listening is essential – undivided attention allows the listener to hear how phrasing, articulation, and other musical devices come together in unity.

Take a look at one of last year's favourites, Waltz of The Flowers

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