Fall Session 2022

NSS: Bach Country Fiddles, A Festive March, Holiday Road (NSS & YSO strings)

YSO: Holiday Road (NSS & YSO strings), Yorckshire March (YSO winds & percussion), Erev Shel Shoshanim, Water Music Suite in F

Erev Shel Shoshanim, arr. Inniger

MAYSO-Evening of Roses-091722.mp3

5 Things to Pay Attention to When Listening to Music

By listening for each of these five components of a piece of music, you can build up your active listening skills.


As an active listener, see if you can identify every musical instrument on a recording. If you're hearing the music live, try to pick out the individual lines played by each musician.


In popular music, listen to the song form—verse, chorus, bridge, etc.—to study how the songwriter structures the tune. In classical music, try to identify formal structures, such as a fugue, a sonata form, or a dance style like a rondo or mazurka. Having a background in music theory will help immensely in this regard.


Is the music you're hearing aligned with a particular musical genre? Do you hear elements of other genres as well?


Decide for yourself whether you like the way the instrumentalists and vocalists perform. You may love what you hear, or you may note imperfections.


Focus on imagery, figurative language, and rhyme scheme.

Ways to listen to a recording:

Active Listening:

  • Listen and follow along with the music in your part

  • Listen and silently play along with the recording

  • Listen and play along with the recording

Passive Listening

  • Have the music playing in the background while you complete another task (e.g. listen while you are in the car or completing chores around the house)