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Michael Taylor

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LONG course but well worth it. This is definitely the equivalent of a college level course without the need to necessarily read the text book. The lecturer is incredibly knowledgeable and does a good job of explaining the artistic and historical trends that caused music to change over time. The quizzes are well spaced to ensure some comprehension and retention of the material. The lessons spend a reasonable amount of time on the "big names" in music but there is a fair amount of sampling of lesser known composers to expand one's horizons. My only criticism is it felt like in a few places that students had some background in music - some explanation was given but in other places I think it was assumed - actually reading the optional text probably would have covered this.
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I'm dinging both the content and the provider for this course because you effectively can't do any practice. All of the questions are locked down for the pay version. I watched a few lectures and they were good in explaining the concepts but with almost no ability to do self assessments, this course seems like a bait and switch. Most EdX courses are fairly good about having at least a comprehension question or two after each video.
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This course assumes you have a fair amount of stats and calculus knowledge and it's helpful to have a little knowledge of R. It's also good to be technically persistent - I had several issues during setup that were frustrating. I was disappointed that the free version have very limited options in testing your knowledge - you could play around with the datasets provided but you were never challenged to do anything with them - often being asked to "answer questions" that you did not have access too. Somewhat related to this, I wanted one or two comprehension questions to accompany each video snippet - I've found generally this is the best way to ensure you are getting the main point (usually EdX courses are better about this). I listed myself as "dropped" only because I skipped over some of the material in the middle. Because I could complete the exercises, some of the middle sections on tuning was getting too much in the weeds for my tastes. I jumped to the end because I was interest in general how some of the other algorithms worked. The instructors were super knowledgeable and usually explained things in a way that could be understood and often had very practical comments about how this works in actual applications. While Dr. Rudin did a fairly good job explaining the math, it sometime became tedious - so I suppose that's what fast forward is for if you don't care about those kind of details.