Within the three-year period of an Australian undergraduate music degree, a music performance major student can explore a variety of musical interests. And when an honours fourth year plus doctoral study are added to the curriculum time-period, this seven-year development can intensify and become transformative. Technology study created a synergy between the transcendent experience and new electronic sound worlds. Taking the opportunity to go on an overseas exchange year during undergraduate study extended artistic and performative thinking and an honours year allowed several strands of thinking and influence to work together. The autoethnographic approach of the research drew out a range of personal experiences which supported the curriculum influence. The curriculum at all levels drew influences together and focused them, through formal and informal learning, on deeper thinking, shifts in consciousness, and the ability to take pleasure in the moment with satisfying achievements.