PRESENTER: Shane Colvin
DATES: Monday, March 16 
TIME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

harpCOURSE INFO: The field of Music Therapy is growing rapidly as a complimentary medicine due to its versatility, non-invasive nature, and relatively low cost to the benefits it provides. From improving post-injury recovery time to helping dementia patients come alive inside, music addresses the common human elements of care and connection with others. As Kenneth Bruscia, professor emeritus of music therapy says, “Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music and all its facets physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve, restore or maintain health. In some instances, the client’s needs are addressed directly through the elements of music; in others, they are addressed through the interpersonal relationships that develop client and therapist or group.” 

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Shane Colvin has an MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. A former graduate of MSU, he returned to co-teach a 4 credit Honors Seminar on Music and the Brain in the Fall of 2013, and individually developed and taught a 3 credit course Art Matters: Music Therapy for the MSU President's Fine Art Series in the Spring of 2014. Currently he is a medical student in the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI program.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust