Art Practicum: Recapturing the Lost Listening Culture

Event Overview

Common Sense Society (CSS) invites our members and alumni for a conversation about music and the culture of Listening. Sir Roger Scruton regretfully observed the eclipse of the musical ear and wrote essays on recapturing the art of listening to music. Ben Crocker, CSS Research Fellow on Music Studies, will discuss how to understand music (even if we don’t know how to read it). He then will deconstruct a piece of music to lead our group through listening exercises.

Friday 2 June from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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This event is part of our monthly art practicum series, exclusive to CSS members and alumni. Not a member yet? Explore our membership options today. 

Featured Speaker

Ben Crocker is a research fellow in music studies at Common Sense Society. He is originally from Australia, and previously taught K-12 at The King’s School in Sydney. He was a guest conductor at The University of Sydney, a conductor for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and has performed widely throughout the Asia-Pacific. He is an inaugural Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation scholar to Washington, D.C. His writing on politics, culture, and economics has been published by The SpectatorThe Federalist, and Australia’s Quadrant magazine.


Old Town Alexandria, VA

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