Tuesday, January 08, 2002

Today's a day for Fugal Writing and History of Jazz II. The second half of pedagogy should be interesting -- the professor has a completely different method of provoking thought and response than the previous professor. At some point today, I also need to run over to the bookstore and pick up the remainder of my books. I need to get a Burkhart anthology as well, as that was one of the few books I sold back but shouldn't have as an undergrad. My music textbooks tended to stay on the shelf of academia that all music students should eventually generate, but the computer science and math books weren't so lucky. Those overpriced pontifications of uselessly important theory rarely lasted more than a term before being sold back to buy the next batch.

While at home, I also came across my textbook for 20th century world history from a core curriculum class in 1997 that I learned nothing from. I remember setting the book aside so I could read it on my own when I no longer had to, and I've actually been reading it pretty steadily over meals since I got back to Tallahassee. I tend to do better with materials I get myself interested in, rather than materials other people push upon me. After modern history, I'm not sure what I'll study next, but part of my New Year's resolutions include constantly learning something that I don't necessarily have to learn (which precludes music fields by default).

I also finished up parts for the first movement of my string quartet, and started rough work on the second movement. If all goes well, I will finish this movement in about a month.

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