Anne Ku

Music: how to listen and what to listen for

Just as we train our tastebuds to appreciate fine wine, we could use some guidance to listen to music — more fully and deeply than superficially. Don’t you want to know why you like or dislike a song? Why do some pieces touch your heart? What should you be listening for? How can you get more out of attending a live performance?

These are questions that we address in WI-MUS106, MUS107, and piano classes, for all students are required to attend an approved concert and write a review. In effect, we are developing what’s called “music literacy.” The same way that we learned to read and write, we also need to develop our listening.

The late American composer Aaron Copland discusses three ways to listen to music in his book “What to Listen For in Music”: sensuous, expressive, and sheerly musical. Conductor Daniel Barenboim says it’s not easy to listen to music because it is so personal. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie offers yet another perspective in her 30-minute Ted Talk “How to Truly Listen.”

Join us on this musical journey, to explore the world of sound.

Next listening events: Wednesday February 11th, 2015 

Free Piano Workshops in Kupa’a 104

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed's Design Class, UHMC

Poster designed by Rossil Estillore, of Harvey Reed’s Design Class, UHMC

Did you know that Room 104 in the Kupa’a Building has more pianos than anywhere else on Maui?