This class was tough.
This is the first building block in the Music Theory curriculum. It is not a preparatory course, so if you don't know anything about reading music, take a preparatory music theory course or utilize a tutor. Professor Hickox-Young is a caring instructor but is easily frustrated by the fact that some students in the class are clearly not prepared for the level and pace of learning required in this course. It is a fast-paced course and you cannot allow yourself to get behind in the reading or homework. The book we are using for the next two years is acceptable. The examples used in the book are often a bit obscure and Professor Hickox-Young has used supplementary materials to better explain some of the topics in the book. The book is "wordy" but it is usually worth reading the chapter in its entirety as the explanations are often quite clear when parts are not skipped. The book is the reason I gave this course 4 stars instead of 5.
For me, the highlights of the course were finally figuring out how to determine the correct key signatures and to use them, and having the opportunity to tutor and work with my fellow students in the course who were struggling with the material for the first time.
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Advice for students:
If you have not had any music theory, particularly if you do not understand key signatures, please take a preparatory music theory course. You will not be able to keep up in this class without hours of tutoring and personal remediation if you do not the basics already.