Music and Memory may prove to be the most challenging class I take at NU. In order to graduate, I'm required to take at least one 400-or-higher level class and I figured it would be in my best interests to try to get that accomplished early so that later, when it really counts, I can focus more completely on trumpet. Fortunately M&M is proving to be a fascinating (and surprisingly little explored) area of research. Our main tasks so far have been to read and react in writing to scholarly psychology articles addressing topics ranging from how our brains decide what key a piece is in, to how our neural processes are idiosyncratically set up to record lists of items in short and long term memory. The class is small: about 12 people so far (the teacher says he expects that more will likely drop the class...I hope he isn't expecting I'll do that!), and is primarily filled with masters and doctoral candidates in the areas of cognition and music cognition. I'm one of 3 lonely performance majors braving this new territory! Whew...better get to it then!
Here's the best "sunrise" I could muster for you this morning (yes, that is Lake Michigan)...lovely in its own way.