To appreciate a piece of music involves experiencing it in a way we as music listeners find rewarding. This study aims at a better understanding of music appreciation by asking these questions:
What are the ways in which we may hear a piece of music with appreciation and how do these ways differ from each other?
In particular, what kinds of thought inform their appreciation when we listen to our favourite music?
Do these thoughts reflect objective features of the music or are they more adequately construed as our personal projections onto the music?
Once a better understanding of the nature music appreciation is available, the question will be how to use this understanding in teaching music.