Approached by Dean Mark McCoy about partnering on a course designed to expand the adult-learner’s universe, demystify culture, and build upon a growing sense of connection between the university and the community, I didn’t balk. Absolutely. I was in.
Now, truth be told, when my creative juices are flowing and I’m feeling really good about imagining the future of art music, more often than not I look up and see the Dean hovering 35,000 feet overhead. So given the challenge of shaping an idea that brings together the university and local communities and aims to create greater access to culture, I wanted to come up with “the” right idea.
So, opening up the table for discussion, Dean McCoy patiently waited for my thoughts.
Note: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s five-phase model of the creative process describes incubation as a restful time that allows for your unconscious to take over. Apparently I was incubating too long and the Dean blurted out “Communiversity.” To which I replied, “Communi-what-a-what?”
It seems some ideas can’t be captured by words already in existence. Or at least they seem to not exist within my native language, English.
[kuh-myoo-ni- vur-si-tee] noun, Communiversity
Community+University = expanded universe] courses invite adult-learners into conversation with music-makers, creators, and innovators. Embrace the opportunity to learn more about the music you love. Expand your universe.
There it was. “The” right idea. And that is exactly what we did.
And here is the story.
*In fairness, sometimes it takes equal genius to recognize a great idea as it does to come up with one all on your own.
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From children taking private music lessons for the first time to adult-learners experiencing Communiversity [n. community + university = expanded universe] courses that connect us with music-makers, creators, and innovators, we invite you to make Music on the Square your home for music-making!