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MUS 121 Music Theory

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    AmyEngelsdorfer, Miko Kominomi
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    Aug 30, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I do not feel strongly either way about this course because I thought it was difficult while still being doable, but there are a few reasons for that. Even though this is an introductory music theory class, it takes some information really quickly if you've never learned it before. For me, I knew some of the basics, such as note names in treble and bass, but not everything, such as naming major and minor keys. Although the professor moves relatively quickly through these topics, she was always happy to answer questions; I never once saw her get frustrated by having to answer a question that seemed obvious, but was unclear to a student. However, Professor Kominomi's specialty instrument is the piano; she frequently assigns piano drills that progressively get more and more difficult. And she knows when you didn't practice.

    Course highlights:

    When you finish this class, you should have a thorough knowledge of the basics of music theory and composition. You may also have a little more skill as a pianist, if you weren't already pretty comfortable with a piano. Personally, my favorite part of this class was composition. I enjoyed that the most because my peers and I were all on even ground when it came to that. A lot of people in my class seemed to already be really knowledgable about a lot of things that I hadn't been when the class began, but composition allowed me to show that just because I didn't have the same information coming into the classroom didn't mean that I didn't belong in a music theory classroom.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Try to become a little familiar with everything because that makes all of the difference between "okay, this is hard, but I can do it" and "nope! I don't know what's happening, and I'm drowning in all this new material!" At least try to be a little familiar with note names in both treble and bass clef is you aren't already. Just knowing that will make every bit of difference because that is really the most basic foundation. Note names and key signatures are really good to know because they're not too easy to learn when you're on a time-crunch.

    • Fall 2015
    • Miko Kominomi
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    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Jun 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    If you are interested in any type of music degree, you should take this course. It is one of the first courses a music major will take in their college career.

    Course highlights:

    We learned a lot about intervals, building chords, beginning theory, enharmonic equivalents, scales, piano drills, church modes, and starting to build part writing. A lot of the class I learned in high school because I took AP Music Theory junior year in high school so this class was more review for me.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you practice the piano drills. I had some people I reviewed with before the exams which really helped me clear up any last minute things I was unsure on. It helps knowing other people are going through the same things as you. If you don't get something, ask the teacher after class or during office hours. I promise it will help!

    • Fall 2016
    • AmyEngelsdorfer
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments
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    Jan 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Amy Engelsdorfer is such an amazing professor. She is very good at helping you out when you don't understand something because she knows different ways of explaining a topic. She also gets along with all of her students so well because she connects with everyone in some way. She is extremely knowledgeable, sociable, and a true teacher.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a great professor as a friend and someone I can go to if I need help with anything. I also learned that a professor is someone who has a passion FOR teaching as well as a passion for WHAT they're teaching. Never be afraid to go talk to them even if they seem scary and intimidating. They will love for you to talk to them.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely ask questions if you don't understand something. Music theory is one of those things where it keeps building on itself, and if you don't understand one thing, it will be difficult to understand things later on.

    • Fall 2015
    • AmyEngelsdorfer
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments

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