Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 215–233 | Cite as

Meditation in Higher Education: The Next Wave?

  • Ed Sarath


This article describes the design and advocacy of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemplative Studies curriculum at The University of Michigan School of Music. The curriculum combines meditation practice and related studies with jazz and overall musical training and is part of a small but growing movement in academia that seeks to integrate contemplative disciplines within the educational process. The article considers issues such as the structure of the curriculum, the reconciliation of contemplative studies and conventional notions of academic rigor, the avoidance of possible conflicts between church and state, and other challenges encountered in gaining support for this plan, after weeks of intensive debate, from a 2/3 majority of the faculty.

meditation contemplative studies spirituality jazz improvization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ed Sarath
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  1. 1.Department of Jazz and Contemporary ImprovisationThe University of Michigan School of MusicUSA

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