Musical Cultures of the World: Europe and Americas
Wow where do i begin. I took the class as a ge, and I offer an non-ethnomusicology major's opinion. She loves native americans, which is pretty much all I took out of this course. Granted the material she goes over is easy to learn, so getting an A in the class is as simple as showing up to class and paying attention. That gets hard when she doesn't really know (or show that she know) anything concrete outside her specialty (native american). Wikipedia is just as effective in learning the course material, if not better. I would only recommend the course if you are only looking for an easy A.
Very easy class. You just listen to musical performances by different groups that come to lecture. Take a couple of notes, if you like. It's a good class to just fall asleep in (= The professor is really funny even tho he's not there half the time to lecture but that's okay. It's a easy 4 unit class that's offered fall qtr. Want something easy? Just take this class! If you decide to take it email me for the course reader and 3 tapes you have to buy. I can sell them to you for a really good deal!! Thanks
Professor Seeger really cares about his students. His lectures, for the most part, are interesting and he is always happy to help you out. There are also guest lecturers, which is always fun becaues they bring their instruments and play. However, it's not the easiest GE. There were so many readings--the course reader cost $70! However, on the midterm and final, the readings are not stressed as much as the lectures itself. The midterm was really hard, but the final was easy and he gave out diddy riese cookies! He is such a nice guy, really. =)
The professor has an annoying soporific voice, and like the person above said, does not know how to give an engaging or interesting lecture. The course reader required for this class is absolutely unnecessary - neither the midterm nor the final had ANY material from the course reader. He assigns an obscene amount of reading, but does not test any of it. He seems very nervous and defensive all the time, but if you talk to him one-on-one, he's pretty nice. Although he treats the class as a whole as a kindergarten class (he raises his voice and shouts, "No talking!" and makes his TA's stand guard by the side of the aisles), he respects you when you talk to him one-on-one. All in all, the material was interesting, but the professor? Not so much. The class isn't that hard as long as you go to lecture and review the lecture material (a lot of memorization though).