had the pleasure of using Learning by Listening: The
Wiscasset Music Listening Course in my classroom during
the past year.
program introduces students to classical music by mentioning
a composer's name and time of life, along with the title
of a short piece of his or her work. Students then listen
to a minute or two of music by that composer.
a few days, I began to notice some of them tapping their
feet, some directing with a finger, some just listening.
Students began requesting repeats of some pieces that
they liked and smiled warmly when they were given.
would rate the program as a success, its objective being
to introduce students to classical composers and pieces.
In fact, I would rate it highly. It is just that added
touch that fills small pieces of time that inevitably
arise in any classroom."
teacher, grade 6
of all ages love music, rhythms and songs. The young
children who come through my classes enjoy listening
to the musical CD during our class. It has a splendid
variety of selections that attract even the parents'
teacher, 18 mos. to 3 1/2 years
the very beginning, time should be devoted as often
as possible to listening, uncomplicated and unhindered
by explanation; for no other way may children be brought
so effectively into direct contact with beauty."
eminent 20th century music educator