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Faculty Biography - Karen Petersen

Faculty Biography - Karen Petersen

Karen Petersen

Lecturer

B.A. St Olaf College
M.M. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University 

847.635.1950
petersen@oakton.edu
Room 2430 Des Plaines

Web page: http://karenepetersen.com/Site/Karen_Petersen,_musician,_teacher.html

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Personal Statement

"Sound is the source of all manifestation...the knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe" (Hazrat Inayat Khan)

When I read Hazrat Khan's book The Mysticism of Sound and Music, I was humbled.  Students who have taken my music courses know how saddened I am that for most modern people music is background entertainment for something else that is being done;  that the music business has turned music into recorded sound commodities, that music is wallpaper.  This surely is not the music and sound that Pir Khan writes about nor what I have experienced in my life with music.  So I have decided to approach my music classes with this degree of seriousness.

I love teaching at Oakton and Truman College because of the students and what we have discovered together.  The only thing that separates me as a teacher from the students is years of experience in music.  I have been involved in making music, teaching music, learning music for nearly 50 years. 

Consider my oud, that number and you know something about me.  Plus I love cooking, plants, my husband, a few friends and dogs and not necessarily in any particular order.

Alumni Profile

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As a student, Jake Harris cofounded Students for Social Justice and lobbied to bring fair trade coffee to Oakton’s cafeterias.

 

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