Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Text... woot

OK, I will admit... I've never been that much of a reader. It's not because I don't enjoy it. It's just that I really suck at it. My reading level is nowhere near where it should be. I'm working on it though. I try to "joy read" as much as I can. I'm assuming I'm getting better, but I can't really tell. So with that note, I'll say I'm kind of against textbooks to begin with. A second note: I don't really have hardly any textbooks this semester (which is lovely).

First I’ll talk about my theory book, since it seems to be the trend. It’s not bad. It does its job I suppose. I do like my high school theory book better though. I still refer to it every now and then. Maybe that’s just because it was my first book and it’s hard to get used to change. As far as this book goes though, it’s at least understandable. It explains everything thoroughly. I probably would like it more if I had known about all the examples and answers thing in the back. I’ll just say this, if I hadn’t been through a lot of theory before this point, I sometimes wonder if I would currently be lost.

Let’s see, I have to think of another textbook. I think I’ll talk about Katz. It counts! I’d have to say that I might have enjoyed that book if I didn’t dislike the seminar so much. I’d also have enjoyed it more if we hadn’t somehow skipped over the jazz improve chapter. I don’t know how that happened. I do think the text went along exceptionally well with Dr. Balensuela’s class, however. It went along so well actually, that I wonder if the lessons were formed first and then the text chosen or the other way around. The book served its purpose though and it didn’t do a bad job. So I won’t say I hated it, it just wasn’t my favorite either.

So in conclusion, I think that as long as textbooks serve the purpose they are meant to serve, then yay for textbooks. I have never really enjoyed textbooks or liked them. I can say I’ve disliked quite a few. But just because they are torture doesn’t mean I can say they’re bad. If they do what they’re supposed to do and teach what they’re supposed to teach, like both our theory book and the Katz book, then they are fine by me.

10 Comments:

At 10/22/2006 5:02 PM, Blogger Renee said...

I'm so disappointed... you just had to bring KATZS back into our lives!? Good reviews though, I'm like you... limited on the textbooks... yet I still spent a fortune at the book store!

 
At 10/22/2006 6:48 PM, Blogger Kitt_Katt said...

I love you Renee! Ok, so very few texts for like all of us.

 
At 10/22/2006 8:01 PM, Blogger Nat said...

Gah! Katz! I will have to say I don't know if might have actually liked that book had it not been for the class. Overall I will have to agree it did present the material well.

 
At 10/22/2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

I did enjoy Katz's book. I might consider reading the rest of it eventually.

 
At 10/22/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

I did not like the Katz book. I did not like the way it was written at all.

 
At 10/22/2006 10:01 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I do not know if it was the Katz book that I detested or the analysis of the Katz book. But I found both to be very one-sided.

 
At 10/22/2006 10:46 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

I liked the Katz book too, although it was one sided.

 
At 10/22/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Interesting that you picked Katz. He doesn't really fit the traditional textbook mold, but I liked your analysis. Plus, I'm glad you agree with my general anti-textbook nature. =)

 
At 10/22/2006 11:08 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

Though I don't think the Katz book counts as a textbook, I liked how you treated it as one.

 
At 10/22/2006 11:45 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

just f0r the rec0rd, the Katz b00k WAS a text b00k. it was a b00k, used in a class, filled with text. i pers0nally think it definately is a textb00k. and if anyb0dy is w0ndering why i'm using "0's" as in place 0f a regular 0, it is because i have a crappy Dell and my 0 key fell 0ff and i have t0 use the zer0 key in place 0f ever 0 i use. errrg.

 

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