Guide students to build listening skills

Active Listening Guides

Active Listening Guides bring music to life, helping students understand how to listen critically. Pearson’s interactive guides use text descriptions and visual indicators to show how musical elements — such as melody, timbre, form, and texture — change throughout a musical piece. This allows students to visualize the elements they are hearing, and understand their impact. Listening Guides are found in every chapter, allowing students to build on their knowledge and master listening to music critically.

Take a closer look at how Active Listening Guides work

Identify key musical styles and composers

Needle-Drop Listening Activities

Needle-Drop activities assess students’ understanding of what happens during a 30-second audio clip in real time. Questions that accompany the clip prompt students to note a change in a key musical element, identify an example of a musical term, and so on. The Needle-Drop questions are included in the pre-test, post-test, and chapter exam questions for each chapter.

Listen to a sample mp3

Bring music to life

Performance and Documentary Videos

Performance videos enhance students’ understanding of musical forms, while documentary videos offer brief overviews of the cultural background of different styles of music, helping students understand historical context.

Listen to the elements

Elements of Music Tutorials

These tutorials help students explore the nature and function of each element to learn how they work together to create the music we hear. Available for Music Appreciation courses.

Link from your LMS to MyLab Music

Link from your LMS to MyLab Music

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to MyLab Music. Access assignments, rosters, and resources, and synchronize grades with your LMS gradebook.

For students, single sign-on provides access to all the personalized learning resources that make studying more efficient and effective.

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Additional Features

Assignment Calendar & Gradebook

The intuitive assignment calendar lets instructors drag and drop assignments to the desired date and gives students an excellent course organizer. Assignments are automatically graded and flow to a student and instructor gradebook.