Started as a daily listening program through which area teachers could share facts about and listening samples from some of the great works of the Western Classical Canon, Musicfest Minutes has reached over 25,000 students in districts around the Valley. As school technology, state standards for music, and the need for distance-based resources changed, Arizona Musicfest has undertaken to transfer this program to a Response-driven online listening program for teachers, students, and families.

Please see the tabs to the left for Musicfest Minutes resources including:

  • Playlists (Please note: Playlists are aggregated videos on YouTube – Arizona Musicfest does not own the rights to the music collected in the playlists)
  • Music Listening Maps (PDF): Resources to guide student listening and note student response.
  • Relavant Standards

How to use this page: 

1.Select a playlist from the “Playlists” tab. Either:

  • Select one piece for students to listen to, or
  • Select two pieces for students to listen to, selecting one based on their preference (MU:Re7.1)

2.Determine which listening map you’d like your students to use. All listening maps are posted as editable PDFs and have student instructions printed on them. Either:

  • Print copies for your students to write on,
  • Download and send as attachments, or
  • Send them links to this page, instructing them to navigate to the “Listening Maps” tab and download the appropriate map.

3.Once students complete their assignments, they can email them back to you.

  • Please share fun responses you receive, as well as any feedback you have about these materials, to



All playlists are based on the original Brummitt-Taylor Music Listening Program CDs, Musicfest does not own the rights to any of the music aggregated below:

Playlist One: Albinoni and Bach

Playlist Two: Bartók, Beethoven, and Bizet

Playlist Three: Brahms, Britten, Copland, and Debussy

Playlist Four: Dvořák, Grieg, and Handel

Playlist Five: Haydn and Holst

Playlist Six: Mozart

Playlist Seven: Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky

Playlist Eight: Telemann and Vivaldi

Listening Maps

The below maps were designed to help guide student listening and response. These may be printed and written on or typed directly into, and are intended for student use alongside a teacher or family member.

Kindergarten through Third Grade

Fourth through Sixth Grade

Sixth through Eighth Grade

Standards –

Artistic Process – Responding

Anchor Standard #7 – Perceive & analyze artistic artwork
  • Enduring Understanding: Individuals’ selection of songs are influenced by prior experiences with similar music and their understanding of musical
    elements and interests.
  • Essential Question: Why do you like the music you chose?
Anchor Standard #9 – Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work
  • Enduring Understanding: The personal evaluation of the musical selection and performances is informed by analysis, interpretation and
    established criteria.
  • Essential Question: How do we judge the quality of the musical work and performance?

Artistic Process – Connecting

  • Anchor Standard #10 – Synthesize and relate knowledge & personal experiences to make art
  • Anchor Standard #11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding