"I am a senior vocal music major at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. I attended a French horn recital today, and was surprised to hear French horn players try valveless instruments. As you might imagine, there were some intonation issues--So, I decided to investigate about the French horn on the Internet. Your articles on the Rice University 'Connexions' board on the French horn and the physics behind music were very helpful in acquainting me with the basics on the woodwind instruments. I plan to read all of your writings on musical physics, orchestral instruments, and tuning.… This 'Connexions' Web of information seems like a good example of how an 'alternate' mode of publishing can be effective to a superior degree compared with other, more traditional media."
"Yours is an excellent Web site on music. I am from India and wanted to learn about music both Indian and Western. I have learned tabala for five years. I am trying to understand concepts. Could I ask you questions in future?"
"What a fantastic site in concept, content, mechanism and software. Well done. I'm dying to try a few music modules. I haven't felt as stimulated since I discovered Squeak. I find myself becoming quite excited about Open Collabourative Communities and also e-learning (I work in FE) and you seem to bring them together well. As a software developer I appreciate the good technology. All the best and thanks for a fantastic resource. I'm inspired!"
"I just wanted to say "Thank you!" for your course in reading music. I appreciate your efforts in helping non-sight-readers, such as myself, become sight-readers. I am nearly 59 years old and perhaps getting a late start in life, but I have made the decision to learn how to read music no matter how complicated it looks. Thanks to you, I am finding it not so frightening, as I attempt to teach myself how to play the clarinet."
"I would like to thank you very very much for your work about convolution. It has been very helpful for me."
"Your course has brought to me great joy. I received absolutely no musical training as a child, but as an adult have always been drawn to classical music. I now, this late in life, finally have the tools to properly understand it. Whenever I want to really treat myself I log onto your site to further train my ear. I especially love the way you integrate modern compositions with centuries-old pieces. I "gave" this course's online address as a Christmas gift to various loved ones this year. …Thank you for enriching my life."
"Wow! I've just discovered cnx.org.… I have long talked about wanting to study music theory.… I tripped across the music section of Connexions, and I'm very excited to have a place to start picking up an understanding of the basics. The few pages I visited this morning before church have whet my appetite. I want to thank you for doing this work. Please keep it up!"
"I'm an electrical engineering student at U of I at Urbana - Champaign and I found the Introduction to Physical Electronics online course notes to be extremely helpful for my class.… The illustrations and graphs provided with the notes were the most helpful.… Thanks a lot for the great online lectures. They've helped me a lot already."
"I am new to Connexions and am blown away with the project as a whole and with your modules in particular. I am a late blooming musician (32) from Detroit and I have increased my playing due to your modules and a few key Google searches. I’m not sure what the motivation is for all of this work but please keep it up!!!"
"I love to find information on music theory that is clear; this site is clear. I am slowly teaching myself music theory to help me compose and improvise."
"Your concise explanation of the Likelihood Ratio Test in a Bayesian context has been exceptionally useful. I am a student at Brigham Young University, and am working on a paper describing the asymptotic behavior of the statistic. Your page has been very helpful; its presence on the Web is a credit to Rice University. Thank you for posting it."
"Thank you for your clear and concise syncopation explanation. I make paintings of music, and your site is very helpful. Thanks!"
"Your music articles are outstanding! I just discovered your work today as I was doing some research for one of my classes. I look forward to getting into more of your writings. Easily read … great format … so many helps and great features! You are to be commended for outstanding work! These are some links I will certainly pass on to my students. Rice University is certainly taking the lead in education with a program like Connexions."
"[I] want to congratulate you on what a great job you did on this [OrCAD] Layout tutorial. I was running a search for an independent Web page that could explain how to use Layout. I love the way you explained everything in detail, even with on-screen menus!! I now know how to properly create a footprint, and assigning a footprint to a part.… I greatly appreciate all the help [I] have gotten from your site."
"I am having a great time with your site! It is helping me study for my final exam in a beginning music course at McLennan Community College here in Waco, Texas. I like the idea of hiding the answers, so I can practice. Thank you so much."
"I love this lesson! You can use it in high school as well - in either music or drama. In drama, it can be used as an extension of a lesson on ritual. In high school music, it can be used as a jumping-off place for a composition assignment! Thanks for sharing it!"
"Thank you so much for your Web site. I am a self-taught jazz, classical, new age pianist and synthesist who very much needs this type of guidance. Thank you again."
"I found the Java Syntax Primer MOST HELPFUL in helping me understand the syntax of constructors. It is clear, concise, and much appreciated."
"I was browsing the Web for Impulse function and the Convolution Integral. I found your Web page. That was very helpful in making me understand the concepts. Thanks for publishing on the Web."
"Thank you very much putting up this excellent resourceful Web site!"
"I cannot recall how I found your site, probably through Google. I have been trying to understand music for decades (not very diligently) and your course has not only helped me understand music but has inspired me to begin a Connexions course myself. (Which, hopefully will lead to starting my thesis.) Once I saw how the technology could help teach an attention-deficit individual as myself, I believe it may also help me write. Thank you for your course - no, I haven't completed it. I started around mid-way and jumped around a lot and finally I'm going to start at the beginning. Thank you for doing such a great job at simply teaching. I've been in Information Technology for over 35 years and I'm only now starting to see the real benefits we imagined in the beginning. Your course is an example of those dreams. Thanks."
"I just wanted to thank you for publishing the tutorial on Adaptive Filters. I am an engineer currently trying to come up to speed on the subject and got some books from the library but was having trouble making the leap from textbook to practice. Your writing helps..."
"I enjoy using the Connexions site and the philosophy behind it encourages one to learn new fields and to network with others. Your site is my new homeschool on the internet. It is helping me to grow as a writer of academic materials as I read what others have written so as to shape my own. I am also amazed at the range of institutions where your writers come from. Thanks for the use of these great facilities."
"Your website is great! It is really helpful in understanding the areas on the region of convergence."
"Just a note to say thank you for your wonderful lessons at the Connexions Web site. I have started reading them and have been most impressed by the quality of the presentation and the way it’s all written. I have visited a number of online sites, and I also have quite a few 'Teach Yourself Guitar' books and they all seem to fall into the same trap of failing to give any sort of enlightening overview before launching into the detail. It was a refreshing pleasure to see some very informative preparatory explanations in your work, before all the detail was presented."
"I want to take a moment to thank you for making the information about harmony etc. available without cost on the Web. I have returned to the piano after a hiatus of about 50 years. Believe me when I tell you that learning The Circle of Fifths is a lot easier when one has access to the supporting materials that you have so graciously furnished."
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