• Instructor: Alan leech
• Dates: Thursdays; sept. 18 to oct. 16
• time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• location: Pilgrim Congregational Church
Jump into a mid-depth investigation of three cultures that have developed traditional music that is unique to each of them, as well as different from our Western approaches. elements of these Asian
musical personalities have crept into American music and often surprise us today as we encounter them in our own “melting pot” of culture. of course, we have had our influence on traditional music of Asia, too.
Class Format: lecture and discussion
Course Materials: students will be asked to listen to music selections that can be found on the Internet, and the instructor will recommend CDs for those who would like to purchase them. text mate-
rial will be e-mailed; paper copies will be available for those without e-mail access.

Alan Leech is a retired professor from
Montana State University School of Music,
where he developed his popular course, World
Music. His travels around the world have
informed him on many topics, including
cooking food from many cultures. Leech led
a rewarding tour to Bali for MSU students,
faculty, and townsfolk. He is a published
composer, as well as an active performer in the
Bozeman Symphony and in various chamber
music groups in the Bozeman area.


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 www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust