[Classmates, if you want to hear my final project and see the submitted score, please scroll down to the bottom of this article.]
For the past six weeks I have been taking a Coursera class called, “Writing Music Like Mozart”. I’ll not bore non-music theorists with the details of what was covered, but I do want to address certain people in this world.
I don’t much care for wishers. I wish I had gone to college. I wish I had taken piano lessons. Etc. Don’t be a wisher. Be a doer.
Piano lessons? I don’t charge for Skype-based lessons. There’s free private lessons right here.
If you are willing to forgo the sheepskin or certificate, college and classes on a wide variety of subjects are free to those with online access good enough to stream video.
iTunes University offers real classes taught by real professors, recorded during real classes. Want to sit in on full semesters of class sessions at Harvard, Stanford or other high profile universities? You can, and at your own pace in your own good time. Get an app for your device, pick a course, and dig in. You aren’t left out, you are depriving yourself or you’re a whiny little brat.
Coursera is another popular route. These tend to be six-week mini-classes that are free unless you want a certificate. There are class videos, assignments, quizzes, and evaluation by your peers in the class. Don’t ignore the forums within the classes as they address issues you might be having or be interested in.
There are many other sources that I’m not going to bother to list, some pay and some free. For me the big two are listed above. Please comment on others you might know of outside of Lynda.com and MacProVideo. I’ve found that paying for unlimited access costs more than paying for individual ones as you have time.
So, let me show you my final project for the Mozart class. Hit play and scroll down along with the music if you like. It’s a little over a minute, took me 10 days to complete.