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Music and the Environment

imageThis program area unites the two main areas of our work into one. As such, it is a favorite area of study and discussion for us. In 2009 we have had the pleasure of giving this presentation in the form of both a 2 - 3 hour workshop and a 25-minute abbreviated talk. We have enjoyed preparing and presenting them and are looking forward to another opportunity to do so.

Please contact MusEco to schedule one of these presentations to your event or organization!

The Workshop

The following is a press release about the workshop as presented at the Rim Country Land Institute on August 14, 2009:

Music and Nature: An Exploration of the Role of Music in Humankind's Relationship with the Natural World

This presentation and workshop led by Kris Prinzing, Executive Director of MusEco Media and Education Project, will explore the broad topic of music and nature through the lenses of evolution, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, music history, and contemporary popular culture.

Participants will also engage in listening exercises on the Rim Country landscape at dusk, enjoy some musical selections, and share ideas and reflections.

The site of the program site is a 3,000 acre parcel of undeveloped grassland and canyons, 6 miles from Billings.

Participants are invited to follow up the Friday evening presentation with a guided hike on Saturday morning that will expand the themes of the workshop and explore the landscape on foot.

Kris Prinzing is both a musician and a person deeply entranced by the natural world. With her husband Scott (who will be assisting with the workshop) she runs the local Billings non-profit MusEco Media and Education Project and plays/sings and writes music for Earthshine, her acoustic duo with Scott (click on either link for more information).

This program was presented as part of the Rim Country Land Institute's continuing series on the connections of people and nature, place-centered on the Rimrock Prairie near Billings, Montana. The variety of topics throughout the series cover three themes: natural science, artistic expression, and philosophy and ethics.

The Talk

The following is a summary of the talk with title and short description. It was most recently given on August 16, 2009 at the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Nature, Music, Evolution and Cognition

Kris Prinzing explores the intersection of music and the environment in the evolution of humankind.


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MusEco thanks it's partners and supporters!!

Partners include KTVQ Television (Billings), Montana PBS (Bozeman), and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI - Indian Ed) (Helena). Underwriters of Green Smarts with the Green Man have included Montana State University-Billings, Sylvan Peak Mountain Shoppe and Montana Harvest Natural Foods. Special thanks also go to the many individuals who donate annually, volunteers who give of their time, and funders like the Greater Montana Foundation who see the value in our work. Thank you!


Website created and maintained by Kris Prinzing - email her about any website issues you encounter, please!

Last site update: April 12, 2018 ...


MusEco's film WILD RESURRECTION: the Untold Story of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness has been released! See it on TV or at local screenings in April and May, 2018!

New GREEN MAN in production now! Watch for it at Green Man's Very Own Website!!

Visit the EARTHSHINE site! (Earthshine's music raises funds for MusEco!)

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