Take ESMA’s 30 Day Summer Listening Challenge

You know how important it is to listen to your Suzuki CD. Whether you are in Little Notes or taking violin lessons, you see the benefits of listening to your CD often. However, listening does not have to be limited to our Suzuki recordings. There is a wide range of music out there that is great to introduce to our children. And that brings us to our ESMA 30 Day Summer Listening Challenge: get to know some new music this summer!

Take the Challenge

For this challenge, pick ONE piece to listen to for 30 days. If you’d like some ideas, I’ve put together a list to guide you.

  1. Start by narrowing down the list to 2 or 3 options. If you don’t have a recording, you can probably find one in the library, on YouTube (but make sure you find a video that’s goo quality), or in your favorite physical or online music store.
  2. Narrow down the piece to one movement. The list below shows specific movements. Feel free to ask me what may be a good match for you and your child.
  3. Make sure that the recording you use works for you. If you want to listen at your computer every day, then a video may be a good fit. If you want the flexibility to listen on the go, in the car or on vacation, for example, make sure you have a recording that’s easy to take with you. You can purchase one track on iTunes, check out a CD from the library, or order the music from Amazon. We are looking for a high-quality recording, but that does not necessarily mean expensive. Check who is performing to determine if it will work.
  4. Download (PDF) and print out your Listening Tracker, listen to your piece and fill in the notes each day. This listening challenge is great for any age, Little Notes and Violin students alike. You can also discuss the piece: what do you like or not like? Are there specific parts of the piece that stick out to you?

Here is the list of potential pieces for your listening challenge:

Orchestral

  • Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, I. – Allegro
  • Beethoven – Symphony 5, I. – Allegro con Brio
  • Beethoven – Symphony 6, III. – Allegro
  • Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique V. – Larghetto, Allegro
  • Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5
  • Debussy – La Mer
  • Haydn – “Surprise” Symphony No. 94, IV. – Finale Allegro di molto
  • Ivanovici – The Waves of the Danube
  • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 40 – I. Molto Allegro
  • Mozart – “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41 – I. Allegro Vivace
  • Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture
  • Mozart – Magic Flute Overture
  • Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
  • Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals, Any Movement
  • Smetana – Moldau
  • Strauss Jr. (J) – An Der Schonen, Blauen Donau, Op. 314
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony 5, III. Valse, Allegro moderato
  • Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake, Op 20 – Waltz

Chamber Music

  • Beethoven – String Quartet No. 1 Op 18 , I. – Allegro con brio
  • Borodin – String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, I. – Allegro Moderato
  • Brahms – Horn trio in E flat, IV. – Allegro con brio
  • Debussy – String Quartet in g minor, I. – Animé Et Très Décidé
  • Dvorak – “American” String Quartet No. 12, I. Allegro ma non troppo
  • Mendelssohn – String Octet, I. – Allegro moderato
  • Ravel – String Quartet in F Major, I. – Allegro Moderato
  • Smetana – String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, I. – Allegro vivo, Appassionato

Violin

  • Bach – Concerto in a minor, I.
  • Bach – Concerto in E Major, I. – Allegro
  • Bach – Partita No. 3 for solo violin, – Any movement
  • Bazzini – Dance of the Goblins
  • Brahms – Sonatensatz
  • Bruch – Violin Concerto #1 – Vorspiel. Allegro Moderato
  • Dvorak – Romance
  • Kreisler – Preludium and Allegro
  • Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole – Any movement
  • Massenet – Meditation from Thais
  • Mozart – Concerto No. 5 in A Major, I. – Allegro Aperto – Adagio – Allegro Aperto
  • Paganini – Caprice for Solo violin – No. 24
  • Saint-Saens – Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
  • Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen, “Gypsy Airs”
  • Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, III. – Allegro Vivacissimo
  • Vivaldi – Four Seasons – Any season
  • Wieniawski – Scherzo Tarantelle

Piano

  • Beethoven – “Pathetique” Piano Sonata No. 8, II. – Adagio Cantabile
  • Chopin – Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat
  • Chopin – Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor
  • Chopin – Prelude in E Minor Op. 28 No. 4
  • Chopin – Prelude No. 15 in D flat “Raindrop”
  • Chopin – Waltz #1 in E flat, Op. 18, “Grande Waltz Brillante”
  • Debussy – Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
  • Debussy – Golliwogg’s Cake Walk: Allegro giusto
  • Ginastera – 12 American Preludes Op 12, No. 3 or No. 6
  • Liszt – Liebestraum No. 3
  • Mendelssohn – Songs without words, Op. 62, No. 6. Spring Song
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat K. 570, I Allegro
  • Mozart – Piano Sonata No. 11 in A, K 331, Alla Turca
  • Rachmaninoff – Prelude Op 23 No. 3 Tempo di minuetto in D minor
  • Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1

French Horn

  • Gounod – Six Melodies for Horn and Piano, II. – Andantino
  • Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 1, I. – Allegro

Download the Listening Tracker »

Have fun!

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