Learning to Listen
with Emily Reese

About the Program

On Classical Minnesota Public Radio, we play music from the medieval to the modern. Our Learning to Listen series aims to help you understand what you are hearing, and when it might have been written. Hosted by Emily Reese.

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Recent Episodes

  • mother and children reading storiesLearning to Listen: Children's stories set to music
    On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music.September 29, 2014
  • Steinway & Sons pianoLearning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes
    Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.September 22, 2014
  • paris conservatory student 2012Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory
    At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.September 15, 2014
  • jean philippe rameau and his treatise on harmonyLearning to Listen: Books on How to Write Music
    There are a surprising amount of rules when it comes to writing music. Thankfully, several talented composers throughout history wrote a few books on how to do it right.September 8, 2014
  • Austin High School Wind EnsembleAmerican Band Music on Learning to Listen
    The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin.September 1, 2014