The great importance of actively listening to piano music


The most undervalued pastime for piano students and musicians is to listen actively to music created on the piano. It might sound like an overstatement, but because ear training on your instrument isn't given the high priority it should be, pianists often forego the essential skill of listening to music. Yes, listening is a skill that you need to develop and nurture! That doesn't mean listening only to the pieces you are interested in playing or that you may appreciate, but all piano music, even those you might not take an initial fancy to. Why? For the very same reason that [...]