Music is present during virtually every activity in our daily lives. Whether you’re in an elevator, waiting in line at a drug store or shopping for new shoes, music is likely playing around you. But ask yourself this, do you really listen to this music, or do you simply hear it? Chances are, you’re doing the latter.
Why is the distinction between hearing and really listening so important? For many of us, learning to listen intently and give our undivided attention to music can benefit many areas of our lives. As I’ve observed in thirty years of teaching active listening and classical music appreciation, when people begin to really listen to music, and classical music in particular, they become better listeners and communicators in their jobs, relationships and beyond. The benefits of learning to listen intently are really endless.
Many folks think they need special training to understand classical music. I argue, while not all of us can be virtuoso musicians, we can all be virtuoso listeners. For those looking to reap the benefits of listening to classical music, I’ve outlined seven steps you can take today to help you become a better classical listener.
- Make a decision. The first step in active listening is to simply ask yourself: “Am I really listening?” This sounds ridiculously obvious, right? But we actually have a decision to make. We have to decide if we are we going to multi-task – which includes even just thinking about other things – or, are we going mono-focus and give the music our undivided attention.
- Embrace alone time. This may sound anti-social, but the truth is, even when 2,000 people are sitting in Carnegie Hall together, they are each in their own private listening world, taking in the sounds around them and having their own private reactions. So don’t think twice about sitting in front of your computer or phone by yourself with your earbuds in.
- Use YouTube. It’s not like the old days when the classical music-curious needed to sift through bins of LP vinyl records or CD cases with no direction on what to purchase. The entire history of classical is all there on YouTube, ready for your enjoyment – for free!
- Stick with the winners. You may be wondering where to start if you’re not familiar with classical. Here are eight excellent options to get your feet wet:
- Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro (04:30)
- Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Movement III (05:00)
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, Movement II (06:30)
- Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Movement III (06:00)
- Fauré: Pavane (orchestral version without chorus) (06:30)
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Movement I (07:30)
- Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Movement II (11:30)
- Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé – Suite No.2 (16:00)
- Find your focus. Having made a decision to listen with all of your faculties, you might be wondering: “What do I actually focus on?” Pay attention to the rhythms, the melodies, the harmonies, the contrast of loudness and softness, the different sounds each instrument or group of instruments makes and the form. Take notice of changes and similarities. Are some melodies repeated? Are they repeated identically or altered? What other changes do you notice?
- Keep your focus. It’s quite normal for your mind to wander as you attempt to focus completely on the music. When that happens, simply bring your mind back to noticing the melody and the instruments that are playing. Enjoy the contrasts of loudness and softness as they occur in real time. Once you shift your attention back to the music, your internal monologue will quickly vanish.
- Seek out help! Still wondering what to listen for? Seek out friends of yours who listen to classical for their guidance. Don’t have anyone you can ask? You can always visit The Discovery Orchestra’s YouTube page and select from any of our short “Discovery Chats” to get started. Happy listening!
Maestro George Marriner Maull is the Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, a nonprofit music education organization teaching the attentive listening skills that help people of all backgrounds better comprehend, experience and emotionally connect with classical music.
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.
viagra cheap buy generic viagra online viagra cost
viagra cost per pill buy cheap sildenafil viagra pill
real cialis online with paypal generic cialis for sale how often to take 10mg cialis
viagra without a doctor prescription canada cheap viagra roman viagra
erectial dysfunction erectile dysfunction medication ed medicines
viagra cost per pill cheap viagra viagra without prescription
viagra online canada cheap viagra canadian online pharmacy viagra
over the counter viagra cvs buy ed pills online viagra for sale
viagra over the counter usa 2020 viagra canada viagra 100mg price
errectile dysfunction cheap ed pills mens ed pills
cheap drugs Cheap Erection Pills can ed be cured
ed causes and cures cheap ed pills cause of ed
buy anti biotics without prescription Cheap Erection Pills what causes ed
I’m really impressed along with your writing talents and also with the layout in your blog.
Is this a paid subject matter or did you modify it your
self? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is
rare to look a great weblog like this one these days..
Also visit my webpage … Inchirieri Auto
liquid cialis generic cialis for sale free cialis
tiujana cialis cialis 20 mg best price cialis daily
new erectile dysfunction treatment top ed pills is it illegal to buy prescription drugs online
vitamins for ed
best over the counter ed pills cheap medication online cheap erectile dysfunction pills
best pills for ed
best ed treatment pills buy ed pills online cvs prescription prices without insurance
https://valtrexgeneric500.com/ 3000mg valtrex
https://zithromaxgeneric500.com/ buy generic zithromax online
https://prednisonegeneric20.com/ cheap generic prednisone
tadalafil tadalafil pharmacy
tadalafil pharmacy generic tadalafil
buy tadalafil online tadalafil
tadalafil tadalafil canada
india pharmacy generic drugs from india
We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
Your website offered us with useful info tto work on. You have performed a formidable process and our whole neighborhood will likely be thankful
Also visit my site; vibrating love eggs
Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
you make blogging look easy. The overall look
of your web site is magnificent, as well as
Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
Extremely useful information particularly the last
part 🙂 I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this particular information for a very long
time. Thank you and good luck.
Here is my blog post; pipedream dolls uk
I am curious to find out what blog platform you happen too be using?
I’m having some minor security problems with my lawtest website and I’d like to find something more safe.
Do you have any suggestions?
best ed treatment https://sildenafilxxl.com/ online doctor prescription for viagra
Keep It up Buddy |
ed meds online without doctor prescription Zithromax online what is the best ed pill
30 mg cialis what happens buy cialis does viagra or cialis help with pe
ed online pharmacy trusted india online pharmacies best non prescription ed pills
erection pills buy Amoxil ed remedies
ed medication online canada drugs online ed prescription drugs
Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article. Thanks for providing this info.
buy prescription drugs online without: natural pills for ed erectile dysfunction medication
natural ed medications: buy prescription drugs ed meds online without doctor prescription
natural ed cures: canada ed drugs medicine for ed
aspirin and ed: buy medication online errectile disfunction
ed natural remedies: carprofen without vet prescription treat ed
vitality ed pills: ways to treat erectile dysfunction can ed be cured
cheap ed pills canadian pharmacies shipping to usa best natural cure for ed
viagra without prescription cheapest generic viagra viagra for men online
viagra prescription online no prescription viagra where to get viagra
online medication buy cialis in canada online how to cure ed
generic viagra walmart buying viagra online viagra online canada
What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? Sex Doll Blog I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol
Z84C4006PEC is available. We are distributor of Zilog Z84C4006PEC. Buy Z84C4006PEC IC 6MHZ Z80 CMOS SIO/0 40-DIP.
http://ners.unair.ac.id/site/index.php/news-fkp-unair/30-lihat/1550-manfaat-musik-untuk-kesehatan-ternyata-tidak-sedikit please check our website for more information thankyouuu
ダッチワイフ 巨乳 ダッチワイフは日本のセックス危機をどのように解決しますか？オッフェンイートアップルは男性の前立腺を確保する可能性があります市場でよく知られているシリコーン人形の種類米国で最も安い一流のTPEセックス人形商人
AOTUME DOLL Realistic Love Dolls Save Your Significant Distance Relationship
강남카지노강남사설카지노 놀러오세요~!! 이벤트중 강남카지노바~!!