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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 childrens dance recital, manage a growing list ...more
Paperback, First, 296 pages
Published March 26th 2018 by 50/50 Press
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Debbie Viscosi
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Basies
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M Aghazarian
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sara
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mandy
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!!!
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Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Paula Gibeson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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