Seriously, if you ever have the chance to take a good music course for beginners, and by good I mean one that not only teaches the history but teaches you how to listen to music, do it. I really didn't want to take this, but am so so glad I did. I never really did a lot of evaluating art other than the occasional trip to take a white-glove tour at a museum, and now even that is probably out because of the time spent walking/standing, but music is something almost anyone can enjoy. Best of all, it's free. If you have a radio or computer (which you probably do), you can enjoy it. Listening to good music even helps me cope with pain.
I wasn't going to post about my art of listening class until it's over, but I guess I just did. There's so much to write about, so little time. Time to go back to studying, I guess.