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College of Arts and Architecture offers one-time courses in music therapy and environmental art

December 5, 2013

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The Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture is offering two courses inspired by the Year of Engaged Leadership and as part of the President's Fine Arts Series during the 2014 spring semester.

The two, one-time courses will be offered  in music therapy and environmental art. Both are found under the course number CAA290 Collaborative Research and are open to all MSU students.

CAA290 Music Therapy is a three-credit course taught by Shane Colvin, adjunct professor in the MSU School of Music. Colvin is an MSU graduates who received a prestigious George Mitchell Scholarship, often called the "Irish Rhodes," which enabled him to earn a master's degree in music therapy from the University of Limerick. Colvin will teach the course at noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 117 of Howard Hall.

By taking the course, students will gain a holistic understanding of the field of music therapy, build and apply knowledge of community music therapy skills, participate in their choice of two out of five recommended musical events throughout Bozeman that highlight community music and explore the implications for future research and direction for the field of music therapy.

Students will work on and present a final project in a symposium at the end of the semester in conjunction with the President’s Fine Art Series.

Vaughan Judge, director of the MSU School of Art, will teach CAA 290 Collaborative Research in Environmental Art- Art, Action, Agency. The three-credit class will be offered from 10 a.m. -12:50 p.m. Fridays in room 248 of Haynes Hall.

The class will explore the opportunities for artists to make work in and for other contexts and places other than museums and galleries. The course offers an opportunity to exhibit/perform in the traditional sense, as well as in other contexts.  This contextual approach to art will be explored through the Public Art Project.  Students will mount a public presentation in the first half of semester and complete a site-specific art project in the second half of semester.  This class is open to students in all disciplines. 

For more information about either course, contact the College of Arts and Architecture, 994-4405 or email


JoDee Palin (406) 994-4406,