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MUS 101 Music Theory I

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    Many Small Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

    Background Knowledge Expected

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    • Profile picture
    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is very bright and can explain the material in various ways. He leaves no man behind if you need help.

    Course highlights:

    We learned in the course how to finish melodies in very pleasing manners, and how to make simple tunes appealing to the ear.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Learn what is being taught, and learn everything around it. Read the book, and do the practice.

    • Fall 2016
    • David Nelson
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Nov 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    With the exception of those who can test out of it, this is a mandatory fundamental course for all music majors at UNC Greensboro. The way the course is structured ensures that there is a detailed and thorough explanation of all fundamental topics in Music Theory, but since it is taught at a very brisk and challenging pace, it potentially encourages students to develop disciplined study habits as well as consistent attendance. Missing a single day potentially means missing a thorough explanation of a fundamentally important topic in Music Theory.

    Course highlights:

    There were two specific instances that were notable to me in regards of how helpful and beneficial these were for the students. During the weeks before mid-terms, every student was assessed with a variety of quizzes concerning every topic we were covering as the weeks went by. If we scored lower than a passing grade, rather than allowing us to receive a failing grade into our average, we were given the opportunity to re-take every foundations quiz during office hours until we received at least a minimal passing grade. The purpose of this was to ensure that we actually had an understanding of said material, because without that understanding, it would have been impossible to continue with the more advanced material that would come in later semesters. The other highlight of the course, was the availability and graciousness of the Graduate Teaching Assistants. These were the people who would primarily assist any students struggling along the way in order to prevent them from being left behind

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    This is one of those courses for which it is extremely important to attend consistently and be punctual. The amount of material and the pace at which it is covered, signifies that missing a single day or even just part of class, will mean being significantly behind in classwork, and comprehension. It is the responsibility of each student to make up the ground for these. Virtually all of the material is featured in the respective textbook, so it will be very helpful to read through the assigned chapters a couple of times, particularly before and after the lesson in class. It goes without saying, that completing the homework is the primary means by which a student can practice and apply the course material and their own pace, and if it is necessary, the Graduate Teaching Assistants are available during their office hours or by appointment, to offer any help with this material outside of class.

    • Fall 2013
    • David Nelson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I enjoy learning about music, however, you can't pass the course without studying. Its an introduction course but those are always the hardest because you don't know if you are doing right, and if you get it right you don't know how.

    Course highlights:

    This course was fun, the best part of this course was listening to pop music and making fun of the simple chord prolongations( it was the same one over and over).

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would study and get the professor help as much as you can.

    • Spring 2016
    • kulme
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments

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