course
Ear Training V

Nov 2012

i do not understand why Ilari doesn't have the most golden star on culpa. i took ear training IV with him and it has been one of the best courses i've taken at columbia, if not the best. it usually is the case with most ear training courses (or music courses at cu, for that matter), that you get from them as much as you put into them; you get a lot more if you're with ilari. this man is an amazing musician with unbelievable ears, so he's really helpful in improving intonation. he's also very rhythmically knowledgeable, which is very rare for classical musicians, having studied carnatic music, and he teaches some of this in his classes (which sets him apart from other ear training instructors). if an exercise involves hearing unusual harmonies, he will usually explain the theory behind them, often showing examples where they appear. i just wish he taught ear training V too... and everything else. AND, he's a very fair grader. what more could you ask for?

Sep 2003

I don't get how people could not like this woman. She's so into the music that it's impossible not to get into it yourself. Class was always entertaining, and you leave humming tunes you never thought you'd hum (like Stravinsky or Messiaen). Class is amazing as long as your not tone-deaf.

Dec 2002

Damn, this class is hard! Not because there's any work (there isn't), not because you won't get an A or A+ (you will), but because the music you'll sight-sing here is mind-warpingly difficult. And really, what more could you ask for than to learn so much and be challenged so rigorously with so little effort? Francoise is, without a doubt, one of the best professors in the department, and her inscrutable French accent and terrible vocabulary somehow enhance, rather than detract from, the experience. Take Ear Training with her whenever possible, and go all the way through the sequence; it's absolutely worth it!