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For millennia, mankind has absorbed multisensory tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony from the environment. For example, there is rhythm to the patter of raindrops, rings of a tree, bugling of elk, and crackling of lightning. Additionally, mankind experiences rhythm in locomotion, the structure of muscles, the heartbeat, and the repeated patterns of DNA. By absorbing tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony multisensorily from nature for millennia mankind is intimately familiar with these phenomena and values them highly regardless of the senses through which they are perceived.


Due to their diverse traditions, various societies uniquely organize the tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony that is ingrained in mankind. In particular, many non-Western societies take the tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony that is objectively present everywhere; and subjectively organize it multisensorily. This is specifically in contrast to the Western approach of organizing tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony in one sense at a time; and which has supplanted non-Western approaches.


This work also draws from the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which is the idea that the structure of language affects its speakers’ worldview, cognitive categories, and non-linguistic behaviors. The structure of a language influences how someone (can) conceptually organize tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony, and the senses. 


"It is obvious that listening is not the only mode of engagement with music."

Ian Cross

"If you do what you've  always done,  you'll get what  you've always gotten."

Tony  Robbins

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."

William Plomer

Friday Harbor, Washington
September 20, 2015
Washington State University, University-Wide 
3-Minute Thesis Competition
March 26th, 2015
Washington State University, College of Education
3-Minute Thesis Competition
February 20th, 2015

Kent Godfrey

Kent has been around disabled people his entire life including having family members who are blind.  This has led him to be very focused on the senses and taught him that many things can accessed in alternative ways.  Kent's education includes training from Ringling Bros. Clown College and an MA in special education.  While pursuing a BA in theatre at the University of Iowa, Kent described performances to blind audience members and developed a method of presenting theatre to blind patrons using multiple senses.  Additionally, Kent has performed in a Deaf theatre company and taught special education.  As a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of St. Lucia, Kent taught the performing arts to disabled children.  In particular, while teaching creative movement to Deaf and autistic students in the Peace Corps, Kent realized that he was teaching the components of music (tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony) through vision, movement, and touch.  His Peace Corps classroom served as a laboratory for developing methods of teaching music through senses in addition to sound.  Subsequently, Kent spent several years teaching the components of music through multiple senses to disabled students, studying special education, studying dance, and researching interdisciplinary studies in an effort to further develop his theories.  For details please check out his resume.

"I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” 

Albert Einstein 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 

Pablo Picasso

"It is fun to have fun."

The Cat in the Hat

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

Edward de Bono

Kids Who Are Different

by Digby Wolfe


Here’s to the kids who are different

The kids who don’t always get A’s

The kids who have ears

Twice the size of their peers

And noses that go on for days…

Here’s to the kids who are different

The kids they call dumb

The kids who don’t fit

With the guts and the grit

Who dance to a different drum…

Here’s to the kids who are different

The kids with a mischievous streak

For when they have grown

As history’s shown

It’s the difference that makes them unique.

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