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Charles Forsberg
Professor in the Music department
at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
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Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
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19 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
THEOR330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If you're not already good at theory, I don't know that Forsberg will get you there. But working with him was amazing for me; I learned more than with any other teacher at St. Olaf (barring Alice Hanson).

12/12/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
MUS111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Forsberg was probably amazing 40 years ago. He's completely lost his ability to teach because he's so inflexible. He hasn't even bothered to update his curriculum, which will leave you unprepared for future Theory classes. Easily frustrated and an unfair grader. He's retired 3 times already but they keep calling him back. Hopefully they'll stop.

12/19/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MusTh121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's really nice and fun to have, but gets frustrated easily when people can't quickly understand, and grades pretty hard.

11/26/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUS113 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Forsberg is amazing! But he doesn't come across that way to anyone who struggles with music theory. He really only knows 1 way to explain something, so if you don't get it, ask one of the other teachers. His other flaw is that he made up his own textbook but hasn't bothered to write it down. So the textbook isn't very useful. Overall, a fun class.

04/05/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MUSIC113 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Forsberg's enthusiasm made first-year theory much more bearable. He has high expectations, but he's a very fair grader, and he's sensitive to the needs of his students, though he sometimes has trouble coming down to the level of those who are struggling. It's really a shame that he's retiring next year. We'll miss you, Chuck!

05/21/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Music101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had him for Theory Composition 31 years ago. He was fantastic - knowledgeable, helpful, encouraging. Can't say enough good things about him.

05/01/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
MUS214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

You will hate this class, it can almost be guaranteed. Forsberg is unclear, unhelpful, unbending, unrealistic, and mentioned both last year and next year in class today instead of working with us. Tell him if you don't understand something--it's kind of funny to see him get worked up when you don't get it immediately.

04/23/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Hard class, but he's extremely knowledgeable. Child-like love of music.

04/04/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
MUS 214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I think he has improved since last year, from the sounds of it. I'm learning. Be sure to stay on top of it, he gives quizzes every week. He doesn't understand that not everyone understands theory as quickly as he does. He also isn't very clear with helping on compositions one on one.

09/03/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theory III Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wow...possibly my worst class experience at St. Olaf. He is so damn smart and doesn't understand how people could possibly be below him in intelligence. A good teacher can teach the same subject in many ways. Frickin A...he drove me crazy!

12/16/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

For our 2 hour final, Forsberg gave us NINE pages of analysis--no one finished it. He said for the next year he'd make it shorter. Cool Forsberg. I have also tutored people in Forsbergs class and they have all also expressed frustration at his teaching.

11/17/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

AVOID HIM AT ALL COSTS. He might know what he's talking about, but he's the pickiest grader ever. He will dock you many points if you miss just one note, even if you know what you're doing, and if you are normally an A student, count on getting a C.

10/30/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theory 3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Totally incomprehensible. He's very smart, but he REALLY wants you to know that he is smart. So he tells you how smart he is. Over and over. He has no idea how to relat to people that are not musical geniuses. Avoid him for theory.

10/21/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
theory Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's tought, but it's just because he is soooo smart, he really knows his stuff, finishing his class you will know thory. . .or do very poorly, but only if you don't care

09/14/2004
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ummm yeah, in response to the last comment, I'd never struggled with Theory until Forsberg's class, so I don't think that's fair to say. I think he's just a really tough prof, in general.

09/13/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I really liked Forsberg. He knew what he was talking about, was clear and made class interesting. He was by far my favorite theory prof. I think some people just struggle with music theory so they blame the professor.

09/11/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
theory Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

a total jerk. if you're not one of his favorites, then forget it. if you 're one of his pets, you don't have to go to class or take any tests or do any homework. a guaranteed A for you then.

05/16/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Theory IV Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

wow...tough grader. good prof, but tough grader.

02/09/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
music 113 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

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