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Music is ubiquitous in our daily lives—you hear music in grocery stores, on television commercials, and at the gym. You might pass by a live performance in a public park or on the subway without giving it a second thought, or play music at homes for the simple purpose of filling a room with sound while you do other things. Listening to music in these contexts is a form of passive listening. If you set aside other stimuli, though, and give music your full attention, you are engaged in active music listening.