Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
130 registered (AmandaO, accordeur, Allan Sutton, A Guy, anamnesis, 36251, 32 invisible), 1616 Guests and 16 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#2314889 - 08/13/14 08:30 AM Music Theory on Coursera...update
malkin Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 2746
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Who stuck around to the bitter end?

How's it going? I read some complaining on the course forums about the final being too difficult. I have been steadfast in ignoring the assignments, so it doesn't bother me.

Using the same strategy, I pulled a 0.0% in my gender studies class which is exactly what I expected. (The language of instruction was Spanish, and I wanted something to listen to besides telenovelas!)
_________________________
A good student is one who makes the teacher feel like a good teacher.

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#2314909 - 08/13/14 09:22 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
noobpianist90 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/23/13
Posts: 412
Loc: India
I stopped after the second week. I like to learn at my own pace. It wasn't a good fit for me.

Top
#2314916 - 08/13/14 09:38 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
barbaram Offline

Full Member

Registered: 09/06/13
Posts: 196
Originally Posted By: malkin
Who stuck around to the bitter end?

How's it going? I read some complaining on the course forums about the final being too difficult. I have been steadfast in ignoring the assignments, so it doesn't bother me.


I didn't have the time to do it this time round, though I would be quite keen to do it another time. I learned a lot of theory when I was younger but it would be really good to do a refresh.

Top
#2314956 - 08/13/14 11:02 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
Riddler Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 634
Loc: Florida
I'm enjoying the course. I've finished the lectures and quizzes and I'm planning to tackle the final exam this weekend.

I was already familiar with things like modes and functional harmony in a jazz context, so most of the course is not overwhelming to me, like it is for some folks; still, I am learning a lot.

Best of all, for me: Listening to the Bach Prelude in the final lesson, and going through the analysis of it, was a great experience for me on many levels!

Ed
_________________________
http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/

My fingers are slow, but easily keep pace with my thoughts.


Top
#2314972 - 08/13/14 11:27 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
carlos88 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/18/13
Posts: 95
Loc: Colorado
I still need to finish the 5th week videos, and I'll tackle the piece analysis this weekend.

The material became much more complex in the fourth week, and the fourth week's quiz was the first one where I was guessing at some of the answers instead of really knowing the answer.

I didn't get a chance to participate in the google hangout sessions, but I really appreciate how much extra time and effort the professors have put in, including the extra videos.

My plan after the course is to keep going through the Tonal Harmony book.
_________________________
I'd rather play badly than not at all...

Top
#2315016 - 08/13/14 01:48 PM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
PianoStudent88 Online   content
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 3196
Loc: Maine
I'm still there.

The course was almost entirely review for me, but I'm glad I took it. I enjoyed the video lectures, I enjoyed the discussions, and I learned about the challenges people face learning music theory.

As a course, I think it was really difficult for people with no prior experience, even though it was billed as "no experience required." So I think in some ways it's better to think of it as a resource than as a course. I think usimg the forums there to ask questions was an incredibly important part of the course. The biggest piece missing in my view for beginners was a series of progressive exercises in each unit that would guide and guve practice to bridge from the basic information given in the videos to the more complex applications asked about on the assessments. Plus they three a harmonic analysis assignment at us for the final exam with no effective preparation for how to do it, which I find inexplicable. They expected students to do a lot of reading and essentially self-study, but I would have preferred to see them provide more supports and guidance for that study.

The other thing about it is that it's a lot of information to absorb in just 5 weeks. Which leads back to considering it as a resource that one will use and absorb at whatever rate works for them, rather than necessarily expecting to master it all during the short duration of the course. I could also see taking the course several times, and aiming to get just one week farther into the course each time through.
_________________________
Ebaug(maj7)

Top
#2315061 - 08/13/14 04:31 PM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: carlos88]
malkin Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 2746
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Originally Posted By: carlos88
...My plan after the course is to keep going through the Tonal Harmony book.


Me too.
_________________________
A good student is one who makes the teacher feel like a good teacher.

Top
#2315865 - 08/15/14 09:31 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
zillybug Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/11/11
Posts: 136
Loc: USA
I am still doing it. I appreciate all the time the teachers, especially Zack have put in to provide extra help. Much of the course has been review for me but I agree it would be quite challenging and moves really fast for people with no experience in music. I am really grateful that they gave an extension on the final. While I have analyzed piano music, it has consisted of just writing the chords in the score. I have never done the kind of analysis required for the final but I am going to try.
Judy

Top
#2315875 - 08/15/14 10:05 AM Re: Music Theory on Coursera...update [Re: malkin]
sinophilia Offline

Gold Supporter until Sept. 05 2014


Registered: 06/26/12
Posts: 1022
Loc: Italy
I watched all the lectures and did the quizzes, but skipped the final assignment. Weeks 4 and 5 were a bit tough, even if I had already taken the Write like Mozart course which was much more detailed about harmony. My "problem" was that I only watched the videos, and didn't bother with the additional material and suggested readings, so some of the answers in the quizzes were hard to figure out. But I found the course very nice!
_________________________
Diana & Wally - Yamaha W110BW
Martha Argerich... is an incarnation of the artistic metaphor of the "eternal feminine" that draws us upward. (Sergio Sablich)

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
- > Gift Ideas for Music Lovers < -
From PianoSupplies.com a division of Piano World.
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) Piano Music Sale - Dover Publications
Piano Music Sale
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
A new clip of Don Pullen in action
by rintincop
11 minutes 13 seconds ago
Learn a Song in 7 minutes: Carol of the Bells
by Hugh Sung
Today at 10:11 PM
December 2014 Holiday Piano Bar
by piano_primo_1
Today at 06:14 PM
The Language of Taste - Pianos, Wine ... and Birds
by PNO40
Today at 05:16 PM
Good Practice Amp for Roland FP7F?
by TheloniousPunk
Today at 04:24 PM
Forum Stats
77333 Members
42 Forums
159946 Topics
2348919 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission