Manny, Iâ€™ve been considering the listening process lately. Most, if not all, teachers and players recommend daily listening to their students in order to plant the seeds for a great internal sound concept. The better that a player can imagine what they want the horn to sound like, the closer they will come to this goal. And the best way to do this is through frequent and detailed listening. I thought it would be interesting to see how people spend their listening days (on average) against a somewhat subjective scale. I know that players will say, â€œI listen to music 3 hours a dayâ€ or maybe â€œI wish I had time to listen to more music. At most I listen to the classical or jazz station on the way to work or schoolâ€. So, this is a poll directed at focused listening for learning purposes (study literature). Background music will get very low scores on this poll. I found an old post that I wrote about the different kinds of listening that seems to be appropriate to add to this message: With the noise of daily life, I feel like my regular listening is typically in the â€œpassiveâ€ listening range (I donâ€™t even turn on the radio in my car â€“ all study music all the time given my limited listening time). Even then, I feel that my passive listening could be better. Hereâ€™s the best â€œsubjectiveâ€ scale that I can come up withâ€¦ 100 - Score open, earplug type (sound canceling) earphones, in a quiet room alone with a world class recording, singing passages frequently 90 - Score open, in front of your home stereo, in a quiet room alone with a world class recording singing passages frequently 85 - Sitting on stage with a full-time orchestra in rehearsal 80 - Score open, in front of your home stereo, air conditioning on, noises in other rooms, listening to a world class recording (singing occasionally) 75 - Attending a live concert of a quality ensemble as an audience member 70 - Driving with earplug type earphones, listening to a world class recording 60 - Driving with the CD player on, listening to a world class recording 50 - Driving with the CD player on, the air conditioning on full blast, listening to a world class recording I think that all of us would like to spend as much time in the active listening mode as possible. I like this quote from Phil Myers (Principal Horn in the New York Philharmonic): For an average week, where would you put the quality of your listening to â€œstudy musicâ€. If you do some work with the score in active listening and some work in the car as passive listening, take an average of the scores. I find myself between a 50 and a 60 (the drive home from work is with the air on full blast in the car for the majority of the drive) and I know that the quality of the sound that I am hearing is reduced because of this. I could sing much more than I currently do, and take little credit for this in my preparation (a very honest personal evaluation). Given that I play along with the CDs that I am listening to during my daily practice right now (reading the part), I would put my average score in the 75 range. After you put in a number for the poll, if you would like to detail an average week of your study music listening approach, I would certainly like to read about it! Thanks for taking the poll!