By Ben N•
Jun 30, 2019
ALL THE STARS!
Shout to Sam L. for the hookup with this class. Learned a lot! I really feel primed for my education and then some! A lot more than I bargained for. And of course I want to get to CalArts even more.. you lovely jerks!
By Mary C d C P J•
Jul 17, 2019
If you want to learn about melody this is the perfect course. I totakky recommend it.
By Suzi H•
Aug 06, 2019
I really like the Teacher in this course. He is knowledgeable and funny. He seems to really enjoy what he does. I wish I had more teachers that were this engaging. I also enjoy the subject matter. Since learning the piano for 8 years Theory is starting to click. I'm hoping this class will help me to go further in my music studies.
Aug 09, 2019
I very much enjoyed this course. However, I will need more practice before I will automatically see all these things in the music I am studying.
I chose it primarily for the harmony part. I was pleasantly
surprised how helpful the first two weeks were for my general understanding of music and how the pointers
really helped me for composing music. I feel much more structured and oriented now, should I endeavour in writing music.
It also helped my analytical skills a lot. This is mostly due to the peer review assignments I had to review. This role change brought me a further understanding on the concepts treated in class.
As for counterpoint and harmony, it was a good start. I fell in love with counterpoint in particular and maybe got a bit addicted.
The harmony part was interesting to me - however, I feel we rushed a bit through the concepts. I would love to deepen my understanding there. this section could benefit from more exercises, not only the finals.
Also, the part tested in the finals is a very small aspect of what was treated in that lecture - to really understand the lecture I would like some more assignments.
If there is a follow-up course
available, I would be extremly interested!
On the structure& formal things:
I think the structure over all was very good. The "see one-do one-teach one" principle is very well applied and the course offers maximum teaching success given its online, remote form.
The questions in the forum were always answered quickly and well so.
To my feeling, the course's concept suffers a bit from the relatively low number of participants. In particular in week 3 & 4 there are not enough projects to review. I suggest that older projects from former students are still available to the new ones
as to counteract this partiular issue.
The class is definitely for people who have already practised music over several years and have had basic theory education. Otherwise, the exercises, especially imitating composing styles, would be nearly impossible with only the instructions given.
The hours indicated are but an indication. Writing music AND reviewing other people's music takes more time. In week 4 had to stop the video repeatedly to catch up with what was discussed and write down my thoughts, needed ca double the time.
Especially week 2 + 3 kicked my butt time-wise.
I was irked by the strong use of spotify and the link to academia.edu. The latter appears untrustworthy from the amount of data it collects from its users, and spotify also needs an account. Given that this class is an education, I would appreciate open source/open access platforms or simply hosting the music on coursera.
As a lost note, about week 1.5 I got used to the instructors humour and now it is an integral part of the fun in the class for me. Help!
By Joy S•
May 06, 2019
I thought I left a review for this. Strange.
By Andreas L•
May 31, 2019
annoying, everything. The prof, the whole approach, ...