Friday, August 24, 2007

Another "The Teaching Company" Commercial

My friend RWorld just wrote a post about how few people are reading books these days...not even one-third of our population are readers! Aarghhh! But I digress, since I really want to discuss something even more demanding than reading - learning.

The Good Witch and I are now 2/3's through "How to Listen To and Understand Great Music", a DVD course put out by The Learning Company and taught by Professor Robert Greenberg. It's 48 45-minute lectures, so it takes a bit of dedication to stick with it. But Greenberg is definitely the most passionate and entertaining academic I've ever encountered.

I won't bore you with the details. All I can say is that, as a person who has been involved with music of all kinds for many, many years, I have benefitted greatly from all the revelations about what classical music is and how it works. I even listen to "rock and roll" with different ears, since the principles that Greenberg outlines apply to all kinds of music.

The course cost us $180 "on sale". That's a lot of money, but it has been worth the expense.

Take my advice - go to "theteachingcompany.com" and look over the catalog. Don't buy anything that's not on sale. Curse me out if you don't like what you bought, but I don't think I'll get any curses thrown my way.

This has been an unpaid commercial for a company I wish I had discovered years ago. My current quandary is deciding, with the GW's input, which course we will take when this one is done in three more weeks.

1 comment:

ThomasLB said...

I bookedmarked the site and will look at it more closely when I'm not so crabby. (I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.)

I saw the last line about "GW's input" and mentally I stuck a "B" on the end and wondered why the heck you care what GWB watches on DVD. Then I realized.