Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Stages of a Music Listener: Where are you at?

Not listening to music 
You are dead








You are stone deaf








You are hearing impaired but still hear a bit





You never pay attention whether music is playing or not




You may observe that music is playing somewhere





Never turn music on 



Passive Listening

Doing something else that consumes your attention while music is playing




Hearing music but not really hearing what or who it is 




Sometimes paying attention to songs you hear





Hearing songs and deciding if you like them





Turning on your radio or going on the Internet to hear streaming music




Observing that you have heard a song before

Active Listening

Listening for who did a song on the radio






You start to like a certain radio station






Recognizing some songs







Recognize the various instruments playing in a song




Deciding that you like a particular artist






Can sign along to a song - know the lyrics






Discovering that you dislike an artist


Listening for understanding
You buy a portable music device






See the beauty in an artists lyrics






Frequent stores or websites that specially sell music




Dissatisfied with a song you constantly change stations




Attend a concert or performance by an artist





Downloading a song







You recognize a 'muzak' song in an elevator or shopping mall




Buy a portable devise to listen to music, and actually load it, and use it.
Seeking Out

Start to collect music 







Recognizing an artist's work







Listening to the lyrics at face value






You listen to music in your car: many ways radio, satellite, mobile device




Determine that you like a certain type or style of music




Recognizing a song by an artist you like






Buying a set of recordings - an anthology or multi-disc set




Talk to others about music



Recognition and deeper 
Read the 'liner notes' on a CD or recording

understanding

Look for information on the artist 






Asking others if they like certain artists






You look at flyers for deals on music or technology





People start to give you music as a gift






You hear remakes or covers of songs and know the original artist




You buy a car ensuring that the music system meets your needs




Dispose of or delete a song from you music library





Your ears get sore from your ear buds or headphones
Conversant on Music
Your enthusiasm for an artist is contagious





Read an article or review of an artist






You play music for others to hear






Seeking out an artists work - all of it.






Categorize and devise storage systems for your music




Argue/debate  with someone about a song or artist





You start to give people music as a gift






Understanding the style or category of music an artist is performing
Active expansion of 
Knowing they type of music an artist is known for

understanding & appreciation Subscribe to a periodical or sign up to follow a blog





Actively look for concerts in your area, and go to them




You really have developed a music 'library'





Talk to others about the meaning of a song 





Know where the best music stores are in town





Putting on a recording you are in the mood to hear





Deciding what styles or types of music you like





Have a favourite song, or at least an infatuation with a song




You read and comment on blogs






Listening to the lyrics for true understanding





You seek out hard to get music via Internet of travel




Able to determining artists that have similar sounds or styles




Read a book about a particular artist or music era or style
Understand artists and styles
Pay extra money to get great seats at a concert





Recommend or share a song or artist with someone else




People ask you to bring music to things






Love a particular artist and seek out their music 





Start to understand the technical aspects of music





Understand the instruments common in certain styles of music




Acquire most or all of the artists material





Seeking to fully understand the lyrics and the meaning




Label, classify, photograph and/or otherwise catalog your music




Others seek you out for musical advise






Listening to the lyrics for meaning


Music researcher

Knowing some of the music an artist has done





Attend a concert and purchase a shirt or CD of the artists




Others comment that you seem to know an artist 





People ask if you can DJ for them






Know music related to an artist, or another band they were in. 




You search for music  when you travel






You disagree with someones understanding of the meaning of a song




You read everything you see about music if you have time




Hearing a song, you know the artist, title and year





Discuss music with experts







Listen to music as an interest or hobby


Becoming expert

Start running out of space for music storage





Fly or drive long distances to see live performance of artists you like




You decorate your home of office with music as art





You fit concerts into your travel plans






Research music styles or types 






People expect you to know everything about music




Seek out the historical development of music styles




Share your research on music and accept feedback





Listen to music 24/7








Become a maniacal musical recluse that only comes out for concerts
Fanatical

You write a music blog







You write a serious book about music


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