Instructor: Eric Funk

  • Dates: Wednesdays, Mar 22 to Apr 26
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Learn how to listen for a deeper understanding and enjoyment of many styles of music. A sense of pleasant surprise comes with learning to listen for “insteads” – learning to enjoy what happens instead of what you expected or wanted to have happen.

Class Format: Lecture, demonstration, listening

Readings: Lecture notes will be provided after each lecture with imbedded links, allowing students to access any music or video clips used in class. There is no homework or reading required. Students may purchase Professor Funk’s web-book, Sound Thinking: It’s ALL Music – How Music Connects with Everything, if they so desire but this is purely voluntary – there is no required text for the course.

FunkEric Funk is a contemporary-classical music composer with 140 major works in his catalog. He’s also an accomplished professional jazz pianist with a career spanning 40 years. A Montana Governor’s Award for Arts recipient, Professor Funk currently teaches for MSU where he has won numerous teaching awards, serves as host and artistic director for 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, a nine-time Emmy Award winning show in its 12th season broadcast on Montana PBS and featuring Montana musicians of all genres, and is emeritus music/artistic director for the Big Sky Classical Music Festival.



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 January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust