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Discovering music through listening
Discovering music through listening

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2 End-of-course summary

In this course, you have learned how to listen to music with a purpose, distinguishing the different musical elements and the technical language used to describe these. You gave thought to how to process or make sense of these sounds, considering:

  • how these made you feel and your response to the music
  • how to represent the music visually
  • how to use words to describe the music
  • how to use methods such as counting, singing, or physical movement to identify elements.

In doing this, you began the process of analysis; thinking about significances in the music, and what makes it work.

In translating what you hear into discussion (spoken or written), it’s useful to combine different approaches to express what you are hearing and why it is significant. You might:

  • describe what you hear
  • use technical terms
  • acknowledge similarities, contrasts and changes that occur in the music
  • make distinctions which explain the significance of particular effects (for example, what impact does a particular musical element have on how we perceive and respond to the music?).

By doing these things, it possible to use listening to explain how a piece of music works and gain a deeper understanding of the music you enjoy.