Gifted Listener

Gifted Listener - Sarah Scheitler Most people all over the...

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Sarah Scheitler Most people all over the world have listened to some sort of music. Did the individual really listen and dive into their experience, though? Maybe we don’t actually know what the music means, why we react to music in certain ways, or how we can use the experience for future musical listening. In order to fully understand the music we hear, it is important to become a gifted listener . According to Aaron Copeland, listening is a talent. He tells us that a gifted listener needs to be open to the experience and also reflect upon it. This then helps the individual to recognize what the musical piece portrays or the message it gives off. When reflecting on a piece, we sometimes don’t know what to think of it if we’ve never had training. Copeland believes that an ideal listener would approach the piece from both a professional and amateur point of view. Because each of us possess an irreplaceable imagination, this concept is possible. Whether you’ve studied music for years or are a first time listener, you can think up many scenarios or stories you think go along with an arrangement. Music is abstract, artistic, and powerful. These qualities encourage people
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course MUSIC 101 taught by Professor Albrecht during the Fall '07 term at Simpson.

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