Changing the syllabus

October 18, 2006

When a teacher faces a class full of Freshmen music majors, s/he doesn’t always know what level they are. I made a syllabus for the new music theory book I’m using (Clenndining, Marvin: Norton) and passed it out to the class. After the 2nd week, it was clear that the students could go faster. So, I cut out weeks three and four and accelerated to the fifth week. The students seemed shocked when I announced to them “you’re smarter than this, I want to push you, not bore you.”

As Alan Watts once wrote: “spontaneity is the principle of the Tao.” College students need to learn from square one to go with the flow.

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