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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
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.0
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19 Student Ratings
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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!

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