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Basie Wenger, a twenty-four-year-old trained percussionist from Philadelphia, impulsively takes on a sudden posting as choir director for a church in Kansas City. Trying to adjust to small town life is difficult enough. But as she begins her new job, Basie has make peace with angry church board members, single-handedly save a children’s dance recital, manage a growing list Basie Wenger, a twenty-four-year-old trained percussionist from Philadelphia, impulsively takes on a sudden posting as choir director for a church in Kansas City. Trying to adjust to small town life is difficult enough. But as she begins her new job, Basie has make peace with angry church board members, single-handedly save a children’s dance recital, manage a growing list of potential boyfriends, and complete three bizarre and humiliating challenges commanded in the will of a recently deceased church member. Oh, and lead the choir... all while keeping the secret that she can't actually sing.


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Basie Wenger, a twenty-four-year-old trained percussionist from Philadelphia, impulsively takes on a sudden posting as choir director for a church in Kansas City. Trying to adjust to small town life is difficult enough. But as she begins her new job, Basie has make peace with angry church board members, single-handedly save a children’s dance recital, manage a growing list Basie Wenger, a twenty-four-year-old trained percussionist from Philadelphia, impulsively takes on a sudden posting as choir director for a church in Kansas City. Trying to adjust to small town life is difficult enough. But as she begins her new job, Basie has make peace with angry church board members, single-handedly save a children’s dance recital, manage a growing list of potential boyfriends, and complete three bizarre and humiliating challenges commanded in the will of a recently deceased church member. Oh, and lead the choir... all while keeping the secret that she can't actually sing.

35 review for Music Theory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Viscosi

    A book about a young woman taking a job that necessitates moving away from home is interesting. Brian McCann elevates that storyline into a delightful experience and truly well written story. A young Philadelphian named Basie (after Count Basie) Wenger moves to the Midwest for her new job as a choir director. In the short period of time covered in the book, Basie learns that being involved with your environment can bring you great joy. There is a gentle humor present in this story. Basie’s perce A book about a young woman taking a job that necessitates moving away from home is interesting. Brian McCann elevates that storyline into a delightful experience and truly well written story. A young Philadelphian named Basie (after Count Basie) Wenger moves to the Midwest for her new job as a choir director. In the short period of time covered in the book, Basie learns that being involved with your environment can bring you great joy. There is a gentle humor present in this story. Basie’s perception of the differences between life in Philadelphia and Kansas City is hilarious. She is mystified by the Midwest’s enjoyment of meat, church festivals, and fall. As a born and raised Kansan, I found myself laughing a lot at the quirks of Midwesterners. Basie doesn’t close herself off to learning about her new area, instead she embraces it with enthusiasm. Despite being raised in an area so different than her current location, she enjoys and begins to love her new location. Basie breathes life into her new community. Each time she attends an event something unpredictable is sure to happen. You get the feeling that these people needed Basie as much as she needs them. Music Theory describes people, emotions, and experiences in a manner that draws you in to the full experience of the book. I loved reading about Basie and her escapades and was delighted to find that there is at least one more book about her coming soon. This is such a pleasurable book to read, I think you will enjoy the talent of author Brian McCann.

  2. 5 out of 5

    M Aghazarian

    Music Theory is perfect for readers who have been digging YA but want to move on to older characters--new adult not just in the age of the characters, but also as a great transition to adult fiction. A little absurd and a little dramatic, the drama is balanced with such humor to make an entirely playful book. A little over the top but in a way that feels YA appropriate, if that makes sense; of course she is the center of attention (even when she doesn't want to be)--she is our hero and the unive Music Theory is perfect for readers who have been digging YA but want to move on to older characters--new adult not just in the age of the characters, but also as a great transition to adult fiction. A little absurd and a little dramatic, the drama is balanced with such humor to make an entirely playful book. A little over the top but in a way that feels YA appropriate, if that makes sense; of course she is the center of attention (even when she doesn't want to be)--she is our hero and the universe revolves around her. One thing I particularly liked about the book was that it takes a diary entry style without overdoing it. It's not told in a reflective style where you feel like you're missing out on things "off screen," but happens in real time, and allows her to say things like "the only thing worth noting that happened today was..." Like a real diary, it gives you the sense that she's really only documenting her highs and lows, and while she always seems to be the center of shenanigans, she's got some normal days in there, too (contrary to what Fred seems to think). I know next to nothing about religion and while that would normally steer me away from a book, Basie's newness to the church meant that many concepts and words were explained in a way that felt neither alienating nor too much like a glossary, which I appreciated. The only question I'm left with is when's that sequel coming out though 👀👀👀

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A very enjoyable novel set in Kansas City! The first person narrator Basie is funny and believable. Brian can definitely write from a woman's point of view. Basie is a drummer and church choir director who is very musical but cannot sing! As someone who could play a clarinet quite well back in high school and college, and still can kind of play it, and a recorder and a piano, but just canNOT carry a tune, I could totally sympathize! Brian has Basie journey from living in Pennsylvania to living i A very enjoyable novel set in Kansas City! The first person narrator Basie is funny and believable. Brian can definitely write from a woman's point of view. Basie is a drummer and church choir director who is very musical but cannot sing! As someone who could play a clarinet quite well back in high school and college, and still can kind of play it, and a recorder and a piano, but just canNOT carry a tune, I could totally sympathize! Brian has Basie journey from living in Pennsylvania to living in Kansas, as he himself did. The tidbits of discovering Kansas City are a fun side benefit to any readers new to the area. While set in churches, this is not at all a preachy book, rather a portrait of a young person finding herself. It definitely held my interest. I'm looking forward to the sequel I understand is forthcoming!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I had a great time reading this modern-day story of starting over in a new land. Basie is a college graduate, all set to make her part-time job her new full-time career. Until her boss doesn't give her the job. But he has a lead for her-- halfway across the country. So Basie moves from Philadelphia to Kansas City to take a job as a church choir director. She is surprised at the amount of culture shock she experiences within her own country. The potential for romance kept the story moving, but wh I had a great time reading this modern-day story of starting over in a new land. Basie is a college graduate, all set to make her part-time job her new full-time career. Until her boss doesn't give her the job. But he has a lead for her-- halfway across the country. So Basie moves from Philadelphia to Kansas City to take a job as a church choir director. She is surprised at the amount of culture shock she experiences within her own country. The potential for romance kept the story moving, but what really made it fun was the ins and outs of the relationships within the choir and the church-- including the vengeful wishes of a recently deceased woman. A great cast of characters and I look forward to reading the sequel! *Disclaimer-- the author is a personal friend of mine that provided me with a proof in hopes that I could provide a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Lorraine Cawley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Joyner

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula Gibeson

    To say “Music Theory” is an entertaining read, is a huge understatement. I never knew what to expect with each hilarious chapter. I could see the characters as if they were standing (or sometimes falling) right in front of me. As Basie struggles to learn her identity & life plans, twists and turns take her to a place she had not planned, not to mention, not wanted. The light hearted calamities made me smile. The clues to her journey were subtle and helped to move the plot forward. The ending mad To say “Music Theory” is an entertaining read, is a huge understatement. I never knew what to expect with each hilarious chapter. I could see the characters as if they were standing (or sometimes falling) right in front of me. As Basie struggles to learn her identity & life plans, twists and turns take her to a place she had not planned, not to mention, not wanted. The light hearted calamities made me smile. The clues to her journey were subtle and helped to move the plot forward. The ending made me wonder if there will be a sequel to her next accomplishments or maybe even her comical challenges. I definitely recommend “Music Theory” to anyone who has an enjoyment for both reading comedy, as well as those who appreciate music.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Johnston

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    Stefanie Maclin

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim Conte

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    Marian

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    Cleo

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    Jennifer

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    Jen

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    Abigail

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    amy

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    Micielle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Dishman

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gerhart

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

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    Kim Ellis

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    Bill Schlott

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Draese

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hil

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  28. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

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    Jolene Tiffany Amber

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    Brooke

  31. 5 out of 5

    Bettye Short

  32. 4 out of 5

    Alesha Lenard

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  34. 4 out of 5

    Steff

  35. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

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