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Toby Saks
School:University of Washington
Department: Music
Location:Seattle, WA
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She cares a lot about whether or not people do well in the class which is friendly. The class is not very difficult because she is sure to keep the pace where people can keep up, but it is still an fascinating course, and you can tell she has fun explaining the more complex and fascinating subjects. If you have questions, be sure to talk to her one on one.
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Honestly she is not a very great lecturer. Her class made me sleepy and her lecture organization was very confusing. However if you take the time to talk to her one-on-one, you will notice she really cares about her students and tries to help you do well in the class. If you want an simple class, take Music116 with her
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Somehow even with 10 years of piano performance I still got a 3.3. Maybe its because shes a terrible teacher who gives no partial credit on a 5 question exam.
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When you take the time to talk to her one-on-one, you really get the sense that cares a lot about her students. She's always gracious about answering questions after class and is more than happy to fill in the gaps in what may have been unclear in lecture.
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Simple subject material that shouldn't take a whole quarter to teach. Somehow she's able to make it seem more complicated than even thought possible.
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She is great one. Although she makes me sleepy and confused sometimes, she is much better than Kappy. If you want to take music 116, I believe she is the better choice
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simple class, accommodating prof., I will take her class again
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This class is great, it's only 2 credits but since it's all based on understanding simple concepts, it's all working through the textbook which is mostly a joke. And if you're struggling, prof. Saks is so accommodating, she even made the exams easier and took out the "stepping stones" as she put it. If you need a little GPA boost, this is your class!
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She is VERY accommodating, impartial and friendly. I highly recommend her beginning theory courses especially to those who have no musical experience. She is a very experienced and talented musician and you can learn a lot from her.
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Saks was clear and precise. She is a great musician and knows her theory. I found her courses (both quarters of theory) to be insightful and she really wants you to learn. She even gave us extra credit on the final because she was worried the snow day might have been a damper on our learning.
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SHE PUTS ME TO SLEEEEEP. Her mid year exams are literally cut and pasted using scissors and glue. She makes half notes sound confusing. However, she is better than Kappy.
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i have no idea why she gets rated much worse than Kappy.. she's much clearer than Kappy, much more organized and her exam are simple.. maybe, people who graded her really bad, never came to class (underestimating that this is only a music class), never studied for the exams and expected for miracle? trust me, take 116 and 117 with her!!!!
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she's definitely better than david kappy. go to class, listen, practice and you should do well.
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The class can get impartially difficult if you do not have prior music knowledge or if you did not understand 116. She tells you in the beginning what to expect. She gives out random tests but it's usually extra credit. Does NOT give partial credit at all but she prepares you pretty well for the exam anyway. Her exams usually only contain 3-4 differen
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I'm not sure how she actually got a job teaching at the UW, but overall this class was awful.
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There are only three or two types of questions of each exam. simple to prepare. When she found there were not enough students sitting in the lecture room, she gave those who attended extra credits! One thing that disgusted me was that she used her spit to erase the transparancy.
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It is pretty simple to get 4.0 in this class, and I learned a lot about music theory. Enjoy it.

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