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MUSIC 296 Music Theory 4

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    • Medium 67%

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    Great Discussions

    Many Small Assignments

    Background Knowledge Expected

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    Aug 12, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class because it offers a deeper study and look into music that isn't as well-known or appreciated by classical musicians.

    Course highlights:

    Not only did we learn a lot about music, but we learned a lot about different ways to look at the world. I learned how to be a better appreciator of what surrounds be everyday.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay ahead on assignments and attend class. If you do this, you will be successful!

    • Fall 2016
    • Sam Richards
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Aug 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Richards is a critical thinker who openly analyzes music from the proper distance. He is neither distracted by his biases nor unaware of valid artistic criticism. He animates students to forge their own paths to theoretical musical understanding without losing the critical eye available only through guided research.

    Course highlights:

    I wrote an essay on a single chord as it related to film music culture for over a half century. I was given the freedom to investigate on my own terms and the guidance to coalesce my findings into a cohesive statement. I was able to declare my opinions boldly and with strong support.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Play through everything, listen to it, challenge it, don't complain. You'll appreciate it in a year.

    • Winter 2015
    • Sam Richards
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    May 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Sam Richards knows what he is talking about. He is professional, open-minded, and completely free from the dogma of the composition department. He is genuine and will help you because he wants you to succeed.

    Course highlights:

    We discussed a lot of music theory related to film scores, which most professors are unable to explain. Horner space, Neo-Riemannian theory, parsimonious chromatic mediant exchanges, chromatically modulating cadential resolutions. They are valuable resources for every modern composer.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it from Richards. The other professors are not educated on the theory. They bring out the Beatles and try and explain it, but only Dr. Richards can speak the language of modern music fluently.

    • Winter 2015
    • RICHARDS
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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