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UC Irvine OpenCourseWare Content Recognized By Music Mogul Randy Jackson

IRVINE, Calif. – September 20, 2011 – Randy Jackson Next, , Jackson’s personal website dedicated to discovering “What’s next?” in the arts and technology industries, recently mentioned University of California, Irvine OpenCourseWare course, Introduction to Pitch Systems in Tonal Music”, in a web post titled, “Your Own Personal School of Rock.” Jackson lists “Introduction to Pitch Systems in Tonal Music” as a course worth looking into for anyone looking for free, educational resources to jumpstart their music education. Jackson’s website is focused on staying ahead of the curve in arts and technology and finding the talents and strengths within his readers.

“Introduction to Pitch Systems in Tonal Music” offers a 10-part series of video lecture/presentations covering properties of tonality and circulating pitch systems in addition to audio examples and sound visualization. The course is currently used by UC Irvine music students and was developed especially for publication via the University’s OpenCourseWare. Course instructor, John Crooks, M.F.A., is an award-winning instructor, receiving the OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence. Crooks’ course received the award in the video and multimedia courseware category.

“UC Irvine is delighted to have one of its courses recognized by someone as prominent in the music education and technology industry as Randy Jackson,” said Larry Cooperman, director of UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare project. “OpenCourseWare initiatives around the world are creating a significant impact on the future of higher education, and through contributions such as the courses offered by John Crooks, UC Irvine can play a monumental role in creating equal, open accessibility to high quality educational materials.”

Crooks is a 2009 graduate of UC Irvine’s M.F.A. program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology. An active bassist and composer, Crooks has used OpenCourseWare materials for his own education. In addition to his teaching work at UC Irvine he teaches innovative music technology, music theory, and ensemble courses for high school students in collaboration with the COSMOS-UCI summer program and String Project Los Angeles.

About UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine’s online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit, e-mail or follow us at and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit