Join ACPS Founding Artistic Director Dr. Harry Dunstan as he guides you through a journey to discover and experience The Musical Mind! In four sessions, Dr. Dunstan will discuss the basic elements that constitute music; explain how the brain, mind, and body perceive and experience these elements; demonstrate how engaged listening to music leads to a more enhanced life; and explore how music can be an effective medicine and connect you with a higher consciousness.
The Next Class begins November 2, 2018! More complete details are below. Join us and transform your life!
THE MUSICAL MIND How Music Can Positively Transform Your Life Forever
Four Sessions Friday mornings 11:00 – 12:00 November 2, 9, 16, 30 2018 (no class 23 November)
Dr. Harry N. Dunstan Founding Artistic Director The American Center for Puccini Studies
$40 for four sessions (Participants must register and pay in person at Clubhouse I)
November 2, 2018 I These are the steps of the stairway to Paradise! What are the elements of music? This class will explain the basic elements of music and how they have evolved over time, with brief glimpses into how western music differs from that of other cultures. Before one can begin an earnest study of the musical mind, it is necessary to understand the basic elements of what constitutes music. This class will fully explain, with live and recorded examples, exactly what is: melody; rhythm; tempo; harmony; tonality/modality; texture; forms; medium. This class will enable each student to at once experience and perceive music in new ways.
November 9, 2018 II Why does the sound of that ol’ banjo make me want to stamp my feet and sing? This session will explain how your brain/mind/body perceives—and even seems to intuit—the elements of music. We will also examine how music exerts a profound, biological, impact on humans. Have you ever wondered why certain music makes you happy or sad? Or why you return, again and again, to certain songs? Or why certain music makes you angry? Why does some music make you want to dance and other music put you at ease? All of these questions will be answered by a fuller understanding of how we experience the elements of music.
November 16, 2018 III Lions & Tigers & Bears!! Oh my!!! Why does music give me goose bumps? What is the difference between your musical brain and your musical mind? Building on concepts from the first two sessions, this session will examine how music transforms your brain/mind and how engaged listening leads to a much more enhanced life. We will discover how homo sapiens are, above all, creatures of music, and come to understand the biological basis for music in our human culture. This session will explore how we are most fully human when there is music in our lives! We will also begin to explore what types of music we should listen to in order to better modulate our minds towards happiness and fulfillment.
November 30, 2018 IV If music be the food of love play on…and on…and on… This session will explore how to make music your most effective medicine and connect to the highest consciousness. Every day modern neuroscience offers the latest scientific findings about the healing and regenerative powers of music. We will discover how engaged listening fuses all parts of our brains, builds new neural networks, and literally expands our brains! All of this happens when we experience music. Music has the ability to treat, and potentially cure, a full range of ailments ranging from sadness and depression to learning disabilities and infirmities associated with aging. This session will also make specific recommendations for how to listen and experience music in a way that will positively transform your life. This final class will help give the student the necessary tools to make music the most effective medicine ever for body and soul. The musical life is the happiest
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