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I thought this class would be talking about history of music but it felt more like music analysis. The lectures were about history, but all the assignments were about music theory which was hard for me with no background in music. We had to do listening journals every week which were a pain and I basically pretended I knew what was happening in the songs. You will get full credit if you put effort in though. The bigger papers are also based on music theory so it can be kind of hard if you don't know anything about music, but I still ended with an A. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as an easy class, but I wouldn't want to take it again.
EASIEST GE YOU COULD POSSIBLY TAKE AT UCLA. An easy A class but the lectures were very boring and not super helpful. The discussion sections were a bit more engaging. If you like music, you will probably like this class, but the subject was not interesting to me. I didn't learn anything valuable. Oh and I hated writing weekly song analyses because I would have to force myself to sit down and listen to songs on repeat just to write about them and pretend I knew what instruments and techniques were being used. All of the TAs seemed to be knowledgable and understanding which was nice. Overall, the class was not my cup of tea but definitely a GPA booster!
if you're looking for a visual and performance arts GE this class is perfect! prof carlos is lovely and you can tell she really cares about what she's teaching. my TA was amazing too and always gave full credit as long as you put in good effort. there were weekly listening journals (not too bad, just a little repetitive) and a decent amount of writing but not unbearable. if you enjoy pop culture i especially recommend this class. overall 9.5/10 :)
This class was so much fun and I learned a lot about music. My TA was amazing and I would recommend this class to anybody.
I really enjoyed this class, I took it for a GE and definitely would again. It is pretty easy, there are three papers and a few other writing assignments but they are not too difficult and the topics are quite interesting. She is a good lecturer, and I found class genuinely interesting. I really enjoyed hearing this history from a woman, as that's unfortunately unusual in the area and it was refreshing to hear about the subject from a different perspective. My only critique is that she has some clear opinions, namely in favor of the metal genre, that leak into the class and present some bias. However, I still learned a lot and enjoyed this class a great deal. Also, there are no exams. Overall very enjoyable class, and would definitely recommend.