Non-Directed Music Listening Programs

All elementary schools in Burnaby have access to a non directed music listening program and a multi-cultural non-directed listening program. These programs introduce all children to music from different eras and cultures. The purpose of these programs is to encourage the development of good listening skills, broaden the scope of musical styles and help student develop a life-long relationship with music. These programs may be enjoyed by the whole school or in an individual classroom setting and require approximately 5 minutes each day including the introduction.

While the music is being played we encourage all participants, including the teacher, to sit quietly listening to the music with focused attention. Some students enjoy drawing or writing about the song being played.

For more information about these programs, please contact Bryn Williams at:

For a copy of the scripts:

  • Series One please click here.
  • Series Two please click here.
  • Series Three please click here.

2 Responses to Non-Directed Music Listening Programs

  1. Lee Duffus says:

    I’m associated with the Santa Cruz County (CA) Symphony and we have embarked on a pilot program in partnership with several local schools this fall using the Brummitt-Taylor Music Listening Program. It appears that you have developed something similar with a broader range of multi-cultural music. I am interested in learning more about it and its availability.

    • vpa says:

      Hello Lee,

      It’s great to hear from you! We have two listening programs here in the district. The first is quite old and was developed by a team of teachers over 20 years ago. The other, the multi-cultural program was devloped 5 years ago. Basically they selected songs, purchased multiple copies of them and then developed scripts for each song. Schools can coach students to read the selected dialogues and then play the music in the school. Sometimes choose to do this only in the music classroom. It depends on each school schedule. We don’t sell this program. We would not have the music rights to do this. We just developed the scripts and purchased rights to play this in our classrooms. Does this answer your questions?

      Best wishes,


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