What Is Appreciative Listening?

Appreciative listening is a behavior that occurs when a person purposefully listens to sounds that he appreciates. The sounds that people appreciate depend largely on personal taste but can include music, literary recitals, political speeches and other auditory sensations.

Listening always includes three significant factors: presentation, perception and previous experience. Presentation is the listening medium, while perception is the way in which an individual interprets what is being listened to. Perception is not only formed by individual taste but also by previous experiences in life. For example, people may develop an appreciation for a specific music style of music because it triggers a happy memory.