2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Music and Consciousness

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Terry Setter music composition, theory, and technology

Fields of Study: consciousness studies and music

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10012 (12) Jr - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20012 (12) Jr - Sr  Conditions In addition to the prerequisite, interested students should read The Unfolding Self by Ralph Metzner and The Listening Book by W.A. Mathieu prior to the start of the quarter.  

Credits: 12(F); 12(W)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: One year of college-level music study.


This program will investigate the relationship between sound, music and human consciousness. We will compose music that explores the psychological and spiritual effects of this music on those who hear it. The program is for experienced composers and performers. It is primarily a musical endeavor, working with aspects of psychology and contemplative studies, rather than a study of psychology that involves aspects of music. The program goal is to become better composers and performers and to develop greater understanding of the qualitative aspects of listening, how music “functions” in our lives, and how it can be used to affect changes in various internal states, such as brain wave frequencies, breathing patterns and galvanic skin response. We will read texts that deal with established contemporary compositional techniques as well as recent findings related to the effects of music at the somatic level. We will also read texts on psychology, such as Jung’s Man and His Symbols, in order to build a working vocabulary of psychological terminology.

Students will be expected to complete bi-weekly research projects, listening exercises, and to keep a journal of their experiences with the music that we create. In fall, we will build listening and compositional skills and begin to relate these to the psychological and spiritual dimensions of the pieces, learning to use appropriate vocabulary and critical techniques. There will be an overnight retreat during which guest artists from various cultures will work with the students and share information about how music functions in their respective cultures. In winter, students will deepen their musical skills and will select a topic for a twenty-minute formal research presentation that will be given during week nine. There will also be a public concert of original pieces at the end of winter quarter.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Required Fees: Winter $75 for expenses associated with the overnight retreat.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: music composition, music therapy and consciousness studies.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 1st, 2010 Winter signature requirement removed.