Playing by Ear: Listening Games in the Music History Classroom

Laurie McManus


Teaching critical listening is often one of the main goals in the music history classroom, and a recent roundtable in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy has called for the incorporation of performers and their history into the classroom as well. This article proposes a kind of listening activity in the form of a game that addresses both these problems and makes it engaging for students to compare multiple examples or performances of music.Various versions and applications of the game demonstrate its usefulness in both general music history surveys and advanced seminars.


critical listening; pedagogy; classroom activities; musicology

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