"Hands down, this competition is the best way I can think of to get high school kids interested in classical music."
– Nicole Ottjes, The International School of MN
"The thing I truly love about the Music Listening Contest is that there are no losers. Inevitably, participants develop new dimensions of musical understanding and a passion for at least one previously undiscovered style of music."
– Bill Alexander, Duluth Marshall High School
What Participants Say
"I love how much the students learn -- and how excited they get about the learning!"
"The MLC enhances and supplements what I'm able to offer students. Context is really important to me and the MLC lays it out beautifully."
"Well organized! I appreciate how this program encourages active listening and critical thinking."
"I felt like it was a very enriching experience. I feel more knowledgeable about the music I listen to and especially more musically aware of other cultures and styles."
"This is my senior year and I've really enjoyed my years in Music Listening. I feel very prepared for college music classes. My playing ability has improved greatly because my ear has developed more."
"It was epic! This was a really good experience."
“Not only did I learn from the experience about some of the most influential pieces in the world, but I also learned a little about myself."
"I cannot believe this is already my senior year! I’ve been a part of Music Listening these past four years, and it’s truly amazing how much I have grown from it. I would like to personally thank you for providing us nerds with such an impeccable opportunity to strut our stuff and put our heart and soul into this competition."
“This was a fabulous year to be in Music Listening Contest! This year it was the coolest music! This Study Guide included the best music from every age and genre. I will encourage every incoming high school student I know to join the MLC team. I highly appreciate what you all do!”
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