Listening Skills (Music Aural <Br>& Appraising)

Listening Skills (Aural & Appraising)

Music  listening skills are an essential component for musicians of all levels for their music studies and training for personal music growth and enrichment. Music listening skills is the process of developing and improving students’ ability to actively listen to and understand music. It can also improve their performance and composition skills.

Aural/Ear Training & Benefits

Aural skills, through aural training or ear training, develop the ability to perceive, understand, and identify musical elements by ear, such as involving pitch, melody, rhythm, harmony, and timbre and to better understand and appreciate music as a whole.

Some Benefits of Music Aural Skills:

  • Develop critical listening skills with understanding, including active and analytical listening, contextual and comparative listening, expressive and emotion listening.
  • Develop appreciation and enjoyment to deepen understanding of the music and its artistic qualities.
  • Perform music more accurate intonation and express emotionally, improve creativity of improvisation and composition skills.
  • Improve musicianship by improving the ability to play or sing accurately and fluently with confidence.
  • Compliment to music theory knowledge with practical experience by enhancing to read music (playing or singing), chords, music structure of different genres and musical styles.

Music Appraising & Benefits

Music appraising is the ability to evaluate and critically analyse music using a range of criteria, such as involving musical style, technical proficiency, expression, and creativity. Music appraising is a key component of musicians’ education and training, as it develops their own musical perceptions and abilities, identify strengths and weaknesses in their own performance, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of different musical styles and traditions.Some benefits of music appraising:

  • Increase music theory knowledge: provide insights into social, cultural, and political forces that influenced the historical development of the music creation from different time periods and cultural context.
  • Improved critical thinking skills by analysing and evaluating the music styles objectively from various criterial, such as its form and structure, melody and harmony, rhythm, and lyrics, and to assess its characteristic quality.
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses in the music or performance to improve their own musical abilities, artistic interpretation, and growth.
  • Inspire creativity to new ideals of music-making, composition, improvisation, and composition, when evaluating different musical styles, besides assessing their technical proficiency of their performance.
  • Enhanced listening skills by actively listening or analysing how music elements integrate to create a cohesive whole for gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.