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I took Professor Seeger for Ethnomusicology 108B: Music of South America. I thought it was a very kind person, very approachable and eager to foster a welcoming and creative learning environment for the students in the class. I had taken an Ethnomusicology course before, this course was pretty easy. At one point I thought that the course was making music more difficult than it should be, but through (the somewhat tedious) listening assignments, the required papers were a joy to write!! I enjoyed the class. Granted, I had had previous interest in this area before; I still think that this class is an enjoyable, low-stress class. Just complete the reading, the assignments, and go to class (the TAs took attendance during section and lecture). Seeger also allowed students to give a presentation or perform for extra credit. I am a not the most outspoken person, but felt inspired to give one, and it was very rewarding! :) I recommend this class if you're interested in learning about musical genres, styles, performers, etc. (from Brazilian hip-hop and reggae, to Tango, Cumbia, Capoeria, Samba, Candomblé, Indigenous musical forms [Suya, etc.]. See your TAs/and Professor Seeger. They are very understanding and easy to talk to!
Professor Seeger is probably one of the most approachable and friendliest professors I've ever had at UCLA. Go see him in office hours just to chat about anything! He was always concerned about the students, and asked us if we had any questions at the beginning of all the lectures. And if we had questions, he let people speak on a microphone to address the whole class. He put up lecture notes on the web, which was very helpful if you missed lectures. (But go to lectures!) The class itself is interesting, although sometimes an hour and 45 minutes can go by really slow. You listen to lots of music from South America, but all the music is posted online, so you can always refer back to the songs discussed in class. You watch a lot of films and performance clips too. Other than that, the music we listened to was different and made me cultured. I ended up liking many of the songs that I normally do not listen to. The work load is not bad; I enjoyed doing the listening assignment homeworks. You just listen to songs and write about what you think about them. Overall, the class is very enjoyable and kickback, and it did not require that much studying if you go to all the lectures. I got an A+ in the class.
This professor is hella coolio, and so are his TA's. This class in not only interesting, but it is also hell'a easy. I would recomend this class to anyone who likes music, but hates studying for midterms and finals. Though lectures can get boring at times, you really don't need to go to lecture, just get the study guide,do the listening assinmets, and do the easy readings and you should come out of there with at least and A. Everybody should take this professor, he is coolio man!!!
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