🔔 Our Active Listening Approach to Music 

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During the concert:

    Listen and track the shifting moods, feelings & emotions

●    Listen and track one (or more) of the elements of music as these change throughout the piece:

                 o   Melody

                 o   Rhythm & tempo

                 o   Harmony

                 o   Tone & texture

●  Enjoy and track the sounds of various instruments

●  Watch the conductor and other performers

●  Watch the interactions among the musicians

●  Tune into the technical and performance challenges of a piece

●  Sit in the right place in the concert venue


Listening before the concert:

●  Listen several times to an exciting performance of the piece.

●  Listen to various performances of the piece.

●  Consider the interpretive options associated with the piece.

●  Be open to new sounds, instrumentation, and unusual musical experiences.

Learning and Reading before the concert:

●  Read the program notes ahead of time. These are available at the RI Phil website and the RI Chamber Music Concerts website. Take note of this information: 

           o   Piece titles and movement names, tempos & key signatures

           o   Composer-written notes

           o   Critics’ analyses (with historical info)

           o   Composer’s biography.

●  Learn about the composer

●  Learn about the most common structures of classical music: the sonata form, the concerto, theme and  variations, the rondo, the fugue.

●  Learn about the genre, style or musical era of a piece

●  Learn about and link the piece to the important events, ideas and politics of the time

●  Learn about the performers and the conductor

🎯 Trust your personal responses - and share them! 

© Linda K. Shamoon 2013