Music and Engaged Listening positively transform our lives like nothing else! Join the ever-engaging Dr. Harry Dunstan as he teaches you how to lead a more engaged and enhanced life through a greater apprehension of music and sound. These four classes will demonstrate, through lectures, recorded examples, and live performances, how music and perception of sound are perhaps the most life-enhancing activities we pursue as human beings.
The Next Class begins January 18, 2019! More complete details are below. Join us and transform your life!
THE MUSICAL MIND How Music Can Positively Transform Your Life Forever...the Journey continues...
Four Sessions Friday mornings 11:00 – 12:00 January 18, 25 and February 1, 8 2019
Dr. Harry N. Dunstan Founding Artistic Director The American Center for Puccini Studies
FEE: $30 (Leisure World Residents) / $40 (all others) (Register at Clubhouse I, Leisure World, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring) ***** January 18, 2019 I. Revealing the magic of how the mind processes words, symbols, and music. What happens when the best poetry is joined with the best music? Yet, why is it sometimes better to let the music speak for itself, and the poetry to remain as its own music? Why are we humans most naturally troubadours, constantly inventing our own song? This session will reveal the neurological basis for why we are so profoundly moved by words and music and why music makes words even more powerful.
January 25, 2019 II. The stunning, stupendous, sublime world of color. The ability for humans to hear subtle distinctions of tone color in sound (timbre) has been our greatest survival instinct. The sonic world of humans has witnessed an amazing development over the millennia to incorporate an unlimited palette of visual and tonal/musical color. In some respects, the history of the musical and visual arts can best be understood by a new appreciation of how to perceive color in sound. This session will explain how we actually listen most attentively to color and why rainbows are Nature’s best music! You will hear and experience the world in a more engaged way.
February 1, 2019 III. Understanding and navigating Sonic Landscapes. We encounter music in every aspect of our lives. Studies suggest that the average person hears 4 hours of music every day in commercials, radio, TV, movies, and, of course, in music as its own pursuit. Music is a constant in our existence. This session will reveal how sound editors and composers use music to fully enhance the “viewing experience” using diegetic and non-diegetic sound.
February 8, 2019 IV. Whither music? A continuance of that great question asked by Ives, Bernstein, and others, more fully revealed. A brief history of the origins of music and why early humans learned to sing, dance, and create art. This session will be a sweeping survey of how music is perhaps our greatest survival tool and why it is absolutely necessary in our lives. We will discover how music is truly “the only international language” and our best hope for a peaceful future. This session will reveal why you treasure the music that most moves you and how this enables you to connect to the eternal. This is about the exquisite poetry of our existence.
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