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Creativity: Music to My Ears

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Course topic: 
With the power to cross borders and languages, music serves as a compelling tool for unlocking creative potential. 

Creativity: Music to My Ears is a six-week course designed to explore several factors that stimulatecreativity in individuals, teams, and organizations. In each session we will focus on a different variable related to creativity, such as reframing problems, connecting and combining ideas, and challenging assumptions. All of the projects in this experiential course will deal with some aspect of music, including listening, creating, and sharing. No musical talent is required – just an interest in exploring the role that music plays in our lives. 
To deepen your understanding of music, throughout the course we will include video clips from experts in the music industry, including world-renowned Warner Music recording artists, Stanford music scholars, and industry executives who work to bring new and innovative musical expression to a global audience.
The course includes weekly projects that will each take approximately 5 hours to complete. EachWednesday a new challenge will be presented, and the results are due the following Tuesday. The first two weeks there are individual challenges, followed by a two week team project, and a final individual assignment. 
For the two-week, team project, you can select your own team members, we can put you on a team, or you can work by yourself. All assignments will be submitted on the course website and viewed by fellow class participants, allowing you to see a breadth of solutions for each challenge and get feedback on your work. There will also be a course Twitter feed and Facebook page, and several Google Hangouts that will enable active discussions on specific topics. 
As Plato is quoted as saying, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."



Tina Seelig

Professor of Management Science & Engineering

Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Tina Seelig is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering and Professor of Management Science & Engineering. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the department of Management Science and Engineering, and within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (

Tina was awarded the 2009 Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education. She also received the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Tina earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Medical School where she studied Neuroscience. She has worked as a management consultant, as a multimedia producer, and was the founder of a multimedia company. She has also written 16 popular science books and educational games. Her books include The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, published by Scientific American; and a series of twelve games called Games for Your Brain, published by Chronicle Books. Her newest books, published by HarperCollins, are inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 .