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  • Listening Challenge #1: How do we play together?

    A Listening Challenge gives the audience something specific to listen for as they hear the next excerpt or piece of music. Sometimes it can be helpful to come back to music familiar from earlier in the program—as demonstrated here —as a way of "warming up" the audience as they learn to listen more deeply. This technique is sometimes also helpful when following a longer section of talking. Also notice that all answers given by audience members are affirmed even if they are not what the musicians might have been looking for or hoping to hear. These unexpected answers can often be used as "teaching moments."