To play on Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art,” the art of listening isn’t hard to master. The
Suzuki guitar teacher and Suzuki violin mom Michele Horner advises listening to the recordings
of current repertoire ten times a day. That may sound like a lot, but the results of listening daily
are hard to argue against. Students who listen are able to more accurately recall their music,
play with correct rhythms, and have been found to master their pieces faster than their
non-listening peers.

Returning to Bishop, then, practice listening further, listening faster… Don’t limit listening to the
Suzuki repertoire! Studies have shown that listening to music has a heap of cognitive health
benefits and contrary to popular thinking, it doesn’t just have to be Mozart. As long as you’re
enjoying the music you’re listening to, you will reap the benefits!

So, make some playlists and hit the repeat button on your Suzuki CD or Mp3s. Take your music
on the road or sing along while playing outside or reading a book. Afterall, the art of listening’s
not too hard to master, though it makes music mastery (play it!) a whole lot faster!