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.



MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust