Collins Living Learning Center | Mind at Play: Musical Creativity in Theory and Practice
L210 | 9094 | Anthony Guest-Scott


This course asks several broad questions:  How can I understand my own creativity? How do
other people, both those who live in my own community, as well as those from a diverse
array of social and cultural contexts, think about and practice musical creativity? Are there
universally shared perspectives on and practices of creating music?  What is not shared, and
what are the different ways that creating music can mean something to the people who do it?
We will explore answers to these broader questions through a cross-cultural (from Indiana to
Java) and multi-generic (from Ukrainian country music to Hip-Hop) discussion of particular
examples and cases.  Students are encouraged to share music to which they are already
listening as part of these discussions.  Most importantly, however, through several
assignments, we will join theory and practice by employing the ideas we discuss in the
process of actually creating music ourselves.