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Schwob School of Music

Schwob School of Music

Student Theory Resources

There are many ways you can get help in Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboard.

Peer Tutoring

Students within the Schwob School of Music volunteer to tutor their peers at no charge. Those interested in tutoring must have received an A in the class they wish to tutor, and should contact Dr. Fred Cohen to arrange to be put on the tutoring list.

If you need help in one of your music academic courses, check the list below. Generally peer tutors are contacted via email (or pick a tutor you know and simply ask them). Students can meet with tutors for help in understanding class topics, for assistance in proof-reading assignments or papers, and for assistance in reviewing for exams.

Peer tutoring Do's and Don'ts:

Don't ask your tutor to meet with you every day for five hours. They have a life too. Don't expect your tutor to know without your telling them what the assignment is that you want help with. Don't blow off your tutoring appointment (but do let Dr. Cohen know if your tutor stood you up). Do bring your textbook, assignments, and other materials to a tutoring session. Do spend time before going to a tutoring session going over your materials, so that you know what to ask for help on; maybe you can clarify your own issues! Do make use of tutoring services well before the end of the semester; it is a great idea to plan ahead and have a great foundation in each class by meeting with a tutor.

[Tutor List by Course]

Other resources

Writing assistance is available at the CSU Writing Center; they do a fantastic job in helping you write at your best level. They need time to help you, so contact them well before your paper is due.

If you think that you might be having a broader difficulty in your classes (for example, you find that you blank out in the middle of every lecture period, or you just can't seem to stop panicking every time you take an exam), you should consider contacting counselors in the CSU Testing Center and the Office of Center for Accommodation and Access. They can help evaluate broader learning issues and will be able to suggest strategies ranging from the very simple (like getting more sleep) to more thorough programs that your instructor will participate in to assist your learning.