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.