Are You a Good Listener?

In my work as a music teacher at school I find it necessary to remind the children frequently of the most important element in music making. "The first rule in music," I tell them, "is—listen! And the second rule is—listen!" I never need to tell them what the third rule is!

A child learning to play an instrument will not make much progress until he begins to listen critically to the sounds he is producing. In singing together it is the listening activity that enables each individual to contribute the right quality and quantity of tone, blend his voice with the others, and thus feel himself part of the harmony.

Cultivating Spiritual Growth
August 24, 1974

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