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Hilton Satterwhite
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Georgia (UGA)
Music
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4.6333****+
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Rated by 30 students
3.89
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across 11 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
Add to schedule TR 9:30am-10:45am
Add to schedule TR 12:30pm-1:45pm
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MUSI 2200H
MUSI 2720
MUSI 2770
MUSI 2840
MUSI 3550
MUSI 4720
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: If you know anything about music you will have no problem acing this class.

If you don't know anything about music, its ok, this class is made for you - and you can ace it.

He will give you practice exams that are very simliar to the test.

Do the hw and you won't even have to study for the tests.

No presentations, just private skills exams where you play notes, scales, and eventually chords on the piano, which you learn in class.

Can exempt the final if you have an A.

Counts as an upper-level class!
Cons: None!
Professor rated by: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student on December 6, 2010
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: He's really helpful when you ask him to explain the materials. He encourages you to ask him questions all the time. He considers 90 as an A. He doesn't do the plus minus system.
Overall he's a really cheerful guy who's really interested in what he teaches.
Professor rated by: Food Science and Technology Student on May 6, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: He knows everything about music theory and how it works.. He keeps you very interested and applies it by actually demonstrating it on the piano. He takes and answers questions very well and makes class actually worth going to.
Cons: None. He's great all around.
Professor rated by: Business Student on April 23, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: - Dr. Satterwhite clearly loves what he does and it makes learning from him that much more interesting.

- He knows that there are some people in the class with zero musical knowledge and others who already know pretty much everything taught in the course, so he does his best to tailor his teaching to all of the different levels of expertise in the class.

- He is very easy to talk to and is always extremely clear when answering any questions you might have.

- He tries to make the class somewhat interesting to those who are bored with the material by throwing in fun facts that they might not have known.

- If you have any musical background, this class is a very easy A.

- He considers an A (not an A-) a 90!

If you have an A average before the final, you can exempt it.

- Class often gets out 15 - 20 minutes early.

- He provides practice exams before each test that essentially tell you what will be on the exams.

- He completes a good amount of the homework during class so you have less to do on your own.
Cons: - There is A LOT of homework...but it is relatively easy, just time-consuming.

- There is a skills exam with every test where you have to do very basic things on the piano for him. But he tells you EXACTLY what you'll have to do in advance so you can be totally prepared.

- The class can get pretty boring (especially for the first couple of test cycles) if you know music already.
If you're looking to learn a little about music, or if you're a musician just looking for an easy elective, I absolutely recommend taking this class!
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 10, 2015
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
4****
Pros: Very passionate about music theory.



Wants you to make an A, will give you opportunities to make things up and bring up your grade.



Tests are actually quite basic and simple, not very long. The amount of material you cover makes it seem like they'll be longer and harder than they are.

Cons: I personally hated this class. I thought it would be WAY easier than it was, and this is coming from someone who was already somewhat familiar with music theory.



Satterwhite goes REALLY fast, and expects you to know and remember everything right away, which is simply not how my mind works. Most of the time I couldn't even think up questions to ask because I was so lost. That being said, you can basically tune out in class and focus completely on the textbook (workbook & rhythm reader) and that will catch you up on everything you need to know.



He gets frustrated when no one answers him or knows what's going on, and this doesn't help you want to pay attention or succeed more.



Have to buy a brand new textbook, which is really expensive (over $100). There is a TON of homework.
I personally really did not enjoy this class for a variety of reasons. I think my learning style was just not compatible with Satterwhite's speed and amount of material covered in any given class. If you are already very familiar with music theory, then maybe you'll do better. I've heard Seals is way easier though.
Professor rated by: HDFS - Hum Devel and Fam Sci Student on November 20, 2014
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
4****
Pros: Knows his stuff. Homework is easy if you understand material. Tests are easy since he gives you the exact test but with different examples to study (like the actual test may ask you to write the notes in a B scale while the practice test may ask you to write the notes in a G scale). You'll definitely learn the basics to reading and writing music if you keep up and do the homework.
Cons: Could be kind of dry sometimes. Attendance required.
I already knew how to read music so this class was an easy A for me, but he was still a good teacher. VERY understanding and more than willing to work with you. Can be overwhelming since he assigns homework due every class and sometimes the assignments are long. I definitely recommend him though.
Professor rated by: Management Student on June 30, 2012
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Dr. Satterwhite is really enthusiastic about teaching this course and does a good job for most of the material. He is always available for you to ask questions. The class is set up so that it is HARD for you to fail. While there is homework every class, it is great practice for the exam. You need a 90 to get an A and if you have an A after your last test you can exempt the final.
Cons: He rushed through the material for the last test and didn't give us a practice test to help us prepare like before. The test wasn't more difficult than the others, but it would've been nice to have spent more time on the material.
If you need a fine arts class, take this one! Its an easy A and an upper level course :D
Professor rated by: Biology Student on April 26, 2012
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
4****
Pros: Really wants you to learn the subject. Always answers any questions, and available outside of class. The tests come directly from the homework assignments.
Cons: Doesn't really require students to be responsible for their work. People keep asking the same question (because they didn't pay attention the first 3 times he answered it), and he acts like it's the first time he's heard it. Maybe that's not bad for the people asking the questions, but for those of us who got the info the first time, it feels like a waste of class time.
Take this class if you want an easy A. You might even learn a few things.
Professor rated by: Comparative Literature Student on December 15, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Easy professor

Excellent at teaching- even the worst music student can understand what he's teaching

Easy exams- if you can do his practice exams that he sends you via email easily, then you'll ace the test.
Cons: Homework everyday, and graded for accuracy- you have to double check your work

Fairly strict attendance policy, but more than worth it
Take this class! As long as you do your homework everyday and understand the practice exams, you will get an A. I'm an electric guitarist, and I was able to use what I learned on a practical level
Professor rated by: Biology Student on August 10, 2014
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: - 90 + is an A

- there is no A-

- Practice exams look similar to the real deal

- Opportunities to make up homework which is a large percentage of your grade.

- Exempt the final if you have an A in the class.

Cons: NONE

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One of the best professors I have come across at UGA thus far. This is a very easy class to take with Satterwhite as he doesn't look to trick you up or confuse you. If you're looking to learn a little about music or if you already know music and just want a nice GPA booster - take this class.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on November 11, 2015
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: He is very straightforward - if you complete the homework, you will make an A. He's right!
Cons: You will have private exams where you are required to play some rhythms on the piano in front of him, but he gives you what you need to prepare well in advance.
Take this course! If you have an A in the class going into the final exam, you can exempt the final! You will have a sizable amount of homework due before every class, but it's not difficult. The tests are structured just like the homework. Easy A!
Professor rated by: Statistics Student on May 1, 2012
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Dr. Satterwhite explains every concept very thoroughly - he knows some people in the class know nothing about music. The homework is very useful and essential for developing the necessary skills.
For those who know nothing about music, this won't be a blow-off class, it will be challenging and time consuming. For those who already read music and want to know more about theory, it will be fun and fairly easy.

Also, there's an Honors Option.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 14, 2015
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Satterwhite is extremely nice and helpful. One of the best teachers I have experienced at UGA.



If you are familiar with reading music, this class should be a breeze.

If you aren't it will take a little more time to do your homework than other people, but you should still have no problem making a good grade.
Cons: While the homework isn't hard, it does take awhile to complete at times...especially if you are a novice.
Professor rated by: Japanese Student on October 7, 2012
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros:

- easy A

- easy class

- nice teacher

- enthusiastic

- not too boring

Cons:

- mandatory attendance

- HW gets annoying as hell
Satterwhite is passionate about what he teaches and knows what he is talking about. His tests are easy and he does a practical test, in which he uses a piano for the practical test, but they are extremely easy. Overall, easy class. Just annoying homework and mandatory attendance
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 2, 2013
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
4****
I know a little music theory and play the keyboard, but thought this course was a little bit difficult. I think this would be hard for someone who doesn't know music at all. I had to put some work into the worksheets and studying all the terms. But it's definitely worth it because it counts as an upper div course and better than other courses for fine arts requirement!
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on March 30, 2014
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
The course is easy if you already know how to read music and can catch on to reading the opposite clef. People w/ little to no knowledge found it kind of hard, but he teaches for non readers and those who can. Also you have the option of exempting your final if you have an A following your 4th exam.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on December 10, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Sweetest man on the planet! He's a great professor who loves what he does and knows his stuff really well.
Cons: Plenty of homework, but it's super easy.
Take him for this class! Super easy in all aspects
Professor rated by: Biology Student on April 10, 2013
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: Easy if you are advanced in Theory already
Cons: He gets sort of vague and difficult to understand if you are a novice later in the semester
Pretty easy class, just stay on top of things.
Professor rated by: Advertising and Public Relations Student on December 10, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
4****
Homework everyday.Takes a while if you don't know what you're doing. He gives you review sheets and practice exams. Tests are pretty easy, there's always a private exam as well.
Professor rated by: Advertising and Public Relations Student on October 25, 2011
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MUSI 3550
Music Theory for Non-Majors
5*****
Pros: SOOOOOO easy. It helps if you have a music background but it is still a really easy class to pick up on.
Cons: Lots of homework.
I got an A
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on October 24, 2011
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