Going back to basics was always fun for the music majors, Robert lied to himself. Learn an instrument for 6-8 years in grade school along with music fundamentals only to have to live through it all again for the sake of a degree plan. It was worse for pianists who breathed knowledge of chords and their progression from their finger tips, along with the fact that they still had to take a beginner piano class regardless if it was already their primary instrument coming into the school of music. Oh the ways the school siphoned money out of you like nurses in a blood lab.
However, there were always those who were taking theory as a music minor and likely needed the basics. Also, vocalists. Find him a vocalist who knew the fundamentals of music coming in and Robert would have good news for the accompanists in the building. There were also those rare few who took the class for the fun of it, a pleasant circumstance in the eyes of Dr. Crabtree. So long as you worked as hard as the music majors, he was happy with anyone.
The professor was already in class when all the students walked in. Robert sat behind a desk wearing a plain white dress shirt and dark blue tie. A beige sport coat hung on the chair behind him. His eyes darted between the students walking in and the roster in his hand. The classroom was relatively small, at least compared to your standard lecture hall. Its size was not unlike a typical high school classroom, able to fit 20-30 students comfortably. Rather than desks there were three long tables that stretched across the middle of the room, ten chairs behind each.
Robert fixed his notes and stack of syllabus for the class as the students piled in. Once he felt there were enough to start, he cleared his throat and rose to the front of the room.
"Hello all, my name is Dr. Robert Crabtree and this is Music Theory 1301. We will be continuing from Music Fundamentals and into the more complex aspects of music composition as a whole. Well, at least for you non-pianists. They should know most of what we're going to cover, and for those of you who play piano and don't know about chord progression, well, god help your applied professor."
Chuckling at his little quip, Robert passed around a stack of syllabi for each table.
"For the first two weeks we'll be reviewing what you should have learned in Fundamentals, and then we'll get into inversions, the melodic line, chord progression and sequences; all that good stuff. So, I already introduced myself and while I'm sure you all already did the same in your other classes all day I need you to repeat your name; hobbies; favorite romance. Preferably I'd like for you all to say your name and what instrument you play if any, as well as anything else we might find enjoyable."
He nodded to the first student to begin their introduction and watched as it went down the line, nodding his head and smiling after each one was done.