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I took Music History 68 with Professor Upton and really enjoyed it. She was very passionate about the material she was teaching and genuinely cares about her students' well being. Her main goals for the course are for her students to have fun, learn more about music, and to do well. I needed to switch discussion sections and she was very willing to grant me a PTE because she believes that anyone who wants to take the course should be able to. There was a midterm, a final, and one paper, all of which were fairly simple and fun/easy to study for. The readings aren't really necessary to succeed in the course, but they are really interesting and the only somewhat difficult part of the class is the listening ID's on the exams. I studied for both exams the night before and easily got an A plus in the class and am now even more obsessed with the Beatles than I was before. Would recommend Professor Upton!
Music History 68-History of the Beatles
She is very passionate about the subject which made it more interesting to listen to her and pay attention. The lectures are very long but you don't necessarily have to go to all of them/stay the whole time. The big is also extremely long and does not need to be read in order to understand what is going on.
Course Taken: Music History 68
Love her, love the class. The Beatles class is probably the most interesting and easy GE offered at UCLA. If I could recommend one class to an incoming freshman, it would be this one.
Prof. Upton is amazing. She is such a Beatles fangirl, very helpful with the essay, and she even lent me a book to read over winter break.
Lectures are interesting, but you probably don't need to go to get a good grade. The book she asks you to buy "Can't Buy Me Love" is a great book, but I am posittive 95% of my classmates did not read it. There is one midterm, one final exam, and an essay. All are easy, and you get a lot of help on the essay. Take this class! Good luck!
course taken: music history 68
It was an easy class and probably more interesting and easier if you love the beatles
selling can't buy me love and the beatles paperback writer 40 years of classic writing
For music History 68 Beatles
Loved the class!! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Beatles and their music. Breakdown of the class is one midterm, 8 page paper, and final. The midterm and final are pretty easy. They consist of listening to the songs and identifying them, name, band, album and date released and two sentences significant to the song. then there are essay questions that if you go to lecture you are bound to know. the paper is not hard and for a non-music major it was easy to do; basically you pick a Beatle song and analyze it. She will show various examples of how it is done.
There are two texts required but only one really needed for the essay. Gould's Can't Buy Me Love. If you need a copy I have it email me *************
read it for she makes constant references to it and may appear on the midterm and final as "gould said this what do you think about it?" and the pages add up so keep up with the reading. overall recommend the class!!
Course taken: Music 68.
If you're wondering if you should take the Beatles class, TAKE IT. You really learn a whole lot from Upton's class and classes are usually really enjoyable! Readings are not really necessary as long as you attend lecture and discussion. Upton's teaching style is a little erratic at times, she tried to teach us a little music theory stuff which we were never tested on. She went off topic a little on LSD and Yoko Ono but besides the class was a real treat. Grading depends a lot on your TA, Thompson is great. I heard of some TA's that knocked off points from the midterm/final for silly things such as mispelling names/places/etc. If you love the Beatles, you'll love this class. If you don't love the Beatles already, you will when you take this class.
Beatles: Music History 68
Professor Upton has a lot of energy and seems to genuinely enjoy getting to teach this class. This can occasionally get annoying (she points out quite frequently that she finds the Beatles 'cute'). She also had problems with the technology in the lecture hall and class would often take a few minutes to properly get started. The subject itself is interesting, as it isn't merely learning Beatles trivia but also learning how to analyze the components of music and the recording process for a lot of their songs. A lot of what she says comes from the Gould book, so the book isn't necessary if you attend lectures. It gives a lot of background information that isn't required on the tests. For the paper you can just go to the section on the song you choose and you should be fine. She takes a few detours (one lecture about the history of folk music leading up to Bob Dylan, another the creation of experimental art and music with John Cage examples to defend Yoko Ono's work which Gould isn't too impressed with) that ended up not being tested on but were interesting enough to learn about. Other background information like Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters or Motown were also discussed and ended up being on the test, so do pay attention because you never know what she'll decide to focus on.
The paper is 5-7 pages and is supposed to encompass the different experiences of listener, composer, and performer. The prompt is incredibly vague and you should probably run your idea by your TA before turning it in. Ours didn't want us to just list the different aspects, but instead have an argument that was backed up by the music, which wasn't something stated in the prompt and may not have been required by other TAs. You can't choose a song that has analyzed by the professor, which eliminates a lot of the more popular songs.
Discussions are mandatory, and part of your Professionalism grade (10%). Being late with hurt your grade as well. Try to talk every once in a while, which isn't hard to do because discussion is mainly about song analysis and anything goes. Our TA even said he'd be willing to listen to Paul is Dead arguments as long as we backed them up. Literally any part of a song can be analyzed, so coming up with something to say isn't that difficult. He also used the piano to demonstrate chords and their progression, which was often a lot of fun.
Your grade is entirely dependent on your TA. I had Mikush, and on the first day he told us that he was a hard grader and that an A would be difficult to achieve with him. He doesn't put up with people just listing trivia, but instead wants analysis and an explanation for why something is present (why are there strings on this song? what function does the verse/chorus structure give? etc). This isn't easy for everyone, including me, and to prepare for the song listening portions of the tests I made flashcards of all the songs we went over (Upton gives out a study guide the week before the tests) and gave a few bullet points of info, which definitely helped me and didn't leave me stuck on thinking of what to say for a song. The online writings weren't too difficult as they were often things we discussed in lecture or in discussion and were graded on a pass/fail basis so as long as you spend 15-20 minutes on them you're probably good. After seeing my final grade in this class, I don't think he is quite as harsh of a grader as it seems. If you put effort into studying and doing the writings then you'll most likely get an A. His no BS attitude made me appreciate him more because it kept me from slacking off in a class that could easily be put off due to the subject matter.It made me take the class seriously.
As a south campus major taking three science classes as well, this class was a breath of fresh air and was really fun to study for.