兩個月前跟大家介紹過愛丁堡大學在Coursera 平台上的基礎證書課程。我早陣子完成了，可以說那個最後的考試對我來說真的難度十足，我也花了很多時間，經過無數的錯誤才完成！如果有箏友跟我一樣想繼續挑戰樂理課程，Coursera平台上還有另一個選擇 – 密歇根州立大學的樂理入門證書課程。這個課程大約需時23個小時，分四個星期完成，包括一般基礎至初中級樂理，如節奏、調式、和弦等。每個星期都會集中講解一個或是數個主要課題。完成課程後學生便有機會得到一張由密歇根州立大學和Coursera 合印的電子證書，可以在自己家中列印出來保留。
貼士：如果大家想參加考試和得到證書，但那$50美金的學費真的付不來，其實Coursera有提供申請助學金方法，而且很容易的！在課程的簡介頁，上面有一條連結 “Financial Aid Available”，按下後跟着指示填寫，其中包括2條問題，需要申請人解釋為何申請助學金，和申請人會如果利用學到的知識。提交網上申請表後，一般只需要等2星期左右便會自動收到通知，告知申請獲接受，之後便可以立刻開始上課！其實只需要花半小時左右提交助學金申請表，便可以免費上課！Coursera一般都不會要助學金申請者提交任何入息或工作證明，所以大家不用擔心。
About two months ago, I had a blog post about a music theory certification course on Coursera provided by University of Edinburgh. The good news is I finally completed it. But I have to admit that it was a very challenging final exam (OMG). It took me a lot of time, errors and efforts to complete that ultimate final exam. Now that is over. I also got my certificate.
For those who are like me (looking for more music theory education and challenges), you are lucky. Coursera actually has another music theory course. Provided by Michigan State University, the Getting Started with Music course requires about 23 hours to complete. The course is structured into a four-week format. Each week features one or several key topics. Upon completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to receive a certificate electronically jointly from Michigan State University and Coursera, which can be printed at home.
Similar to the University of Edinburgh course, on Coursera, if you take a course in the Audit mode, you can’t take any exams in the course, so there is no certificate at the end. However, you can still watch all the lecture videos and have access to all the reading materials. If you pay for a course, you can take the exam and get a certificate. The whole Getting Started with Music Theory course is about $50 USD.
Tips: If you want to take the exam and get a certificate, but the course fee of $50 is not affordable to you, there’s a solution! Coursera actually allows students to apply for financial aid! On the introductory page of the course, there is a link “Financial Aid Available”. Click the link to follow the instructions. You will then need to answer two questions, explaining why you apply for the financial aid, and how you will use the knowledge acquired. After submitting the online application form, you usually only need to wait for two weeks or so to receive an automatic notice from Coursera, informing you that the application is accepted. Then you can start your first class immediately! It only takes about half an hour to submit a financial aid application form, then you can take the course for free! Coursera generally does not require financial aid applicants to submit any proof on income or employment, so don’t worry!
Finally, although this course is a fundamental course, I think it is more suitable for people who already have some understanding of music theory. This is because the instructors don’t explain all the points explicitly, so beginners may be a bit confused and find it hard to keep up. I recommend to start with Caleb Curry’s Free 17-hour Music Theory course first before diving into the Edinburgh one.