This article investigates music’s ability to facilitate flow states of consciousness as peak experiences. The research first uses two first-person methods, phenomenology and structuralism. The results of two second-person methods, hermeneutics and ethnomethodology, are then detailed. The final research section uses two third-person methods, empiricism and systems analysis. The empirical section utilizes a survey, while the systems analysis section investigates factors that contributed to the phenomenological research method. Results focus on tracking a conceptual understanding of the terms flow state and peak experience.
MATTHEW COLLINS, M.A., recently graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a master’s in Integral Psychol- ogy. He wrote his thesis on the topic of the uses of musical practice for personal growth within an Integral Life Practice. Matt also possesses a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Tech. He currently works with adults with severe, persistent mental illnesses at Rubicon Programs in Richmond, CA, where he conducts weekly music groups. In the future, he hopes to apply his understanding of the AQAL model to organizational development and wellness.