Course Description

This course will discuss the impacts and effects of music and art on the brain and their purposes in education and in society as a whole. Students will engage with their online community through critical thinking, discussions, and interacting directly with the texts and media files.

This course fulfills 3 credits of the humanities, social sciences, fine arts or natural sciences requirement in Liberal Studies.

Meeting Place and Times



Heather Hardester, MA.


Campus students: US Core; Junior or Senior standing.

Distance student: US or equivalent course; Junior or Senior standing or instructor permission.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art
    Author(s): Anjan Chatterjee
    Publisher:Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Print.
    ISBN-13: 978-0199811809
    Price new: $26 approximately
  • This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
    Author(s):Daniel Levitin
    Publisher:New York: Penguin Group, 2007. Print.
    ISBN-13: 978-0452288522
    Price new: $9 approximately
  • Musicophilia
    Author(s):Oliver Sacks
    Publisher: New York: Random House, 2007. Print.
    ISBN-13: 978-1400040810
    Price new: $14 approximately

 Theses books will be available from the MSU Bookstore and various online retailers.

Other digital media files available on D2L in the "Content" section.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

 This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the instructor, Heather Hardester.


How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.