The Gonzaga University Music Appreciation Club aims to be an all-inclusive space for people to explore different musical genres and find a community of those who love music.

Cole Goodheart, the club’s founder and director, is a senior at GU majoring in human physiology with minors in jazz performance and psychology. He is also on his way to pre-medicine.

He said the idea behind the club was his own desire from his first two years at GU for a music club that is not performance-based.

“I just wanted, like, an opportunity or a club where I could really hang out and talk to people, but also give students the opportunity to explore music – from an educational standpoint, from a exploration, but also from an experience standpoint,” Goodheart said.

He began going through the process of forming a club in the fall of 2021, and when the club launched last spring, around 80 people had signed up.

“It’s a bit more of a community club trying to bring in people who are passionate about music and are music-centric in whatever capacity,” Goodheart said. “So you can be someone who’s involved in so many sets, like I am, or someone who’s very recreational with the music.

This semester, the club has grown to have approximately 200 members on the mailing list.

The club, according to Goodheart, functions as a space for both music appreciation and the teaching of music history.

Bi-weekly club meetings focus on a topic, genre or issue. Leaders and sometimes club members will make presentations and encourage discussion around the topic.

Additionally, the club is working to host more events that expand its involvement in the GU and Spokane communities.

Goodheart explained that they send out monthly newsletters that provide an easy overview of clubs or performing arts majors on campus and their events. They also include Spokane locations in hopes of expanding people’s opportunities.

One of Goodheart’s biggest ambitions for the club is to partner with a Spokane music venue to create something like a season pass or ticket package that would allow students to attend more events. live, especially as a group.

“The idea is to give students the opportunity to see where the music should be heard, live and on stage,” Goodheart said. “It’s about bringing all of those aspects together and building community and using the language of music to build relationships.”

Goodheart also reflected on a community trip last semester where club members visited local record stores and were encouraged to not only learn about the art of vinyl records, but to engage with them. businesses and connect with different parts of the music community. It’s something Goodheart hopes to do again with the club.

In terms of social gatherings, Goodheart hopes to host album listening parties on Thursday nights. This extends the club’s most basic function, which is to give people a space to listen to new music together.

This core value is something Finn Pettit, the club treasurer, echoes.

Pettit is a junior majoring in commerce and met Goodheart through a jazz band. He said he enjoys the openness factor of the club and the fact that it allows people to learn new music and have fun with it.

“I hope people will have a space to talk about music with a group of different people and get a new perspective on different music – music they may have never heard before or wouldn’t have never been exposed,” Petitt said.

The other major goal of the club is to publicize and educate the history of music.

Goodheart explained that music is constantly developing and changing, and modern Western music always draws expansive inspiration.

“Some forms of music are very linear — some are mostly in one culture — but a lot of the time you have different subcultures that flow into the music as well,” Goodheart said.

He also expressed that learning about the roots of certain genres of music can help us differentiate the line between inspiration and appropriation, as well as understand the social realities that music can influence.

“We have a statement of interculturality in the summary of what our club does and one of those is that we try to showcase other cultures and cultural music as well,” Goodheart said. “We were doing [a presentation] on Bob Marley and how reggae music transitioned to ska, and how these bands like The Police, which are mostly white, took Jamaican-style music and made it a more popular thing… We looked at this music appropriation .

The club offers a wide range of involvements and goals, but Goodheart has made it clear that its main goal is to create a community for people to enjoy and learn music together.

“I want [members] to learn that there are people like them, people who have interests as big as them in music or as small as them in music,” Goodheart said.

The club meets every two weeks on Mondays, although the time and location have yet to be officially announced.

Contact Cole Goodheart at [email protected] or find the club on Instagram @mppf.gonzaga for more membership information.

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