Fall 2017 - This was actually the very first class I took my freshman year and I loved it. Professors lectures go really well with her slides, easy to take notes to. Tests are very straightforward. Generally just fun and laid back. ALSO I am selling the textbook!! email me @ *************
Fall 2019 - Awesome class if you are interested in the material. The class focuses a lot on the history of sound and music in film. Assignments are watching a weekly movie, a short weekly journal, a midterm, final, and a paper on a film of your choice. I had a great time learning the material, and it definitely changed the way I view films now. Attendance in discussion was mandatory. Writing (esp. the exams) was graded pretty leniently IMO
Fall 2019 - I think this class would be better listed under a film class, as I came in expecting to discuss music more in depth in a historical and social context as it was listed under a music history course. I found the lectures to be a little hard to get through and the discussion section unhelpful/a waste of time. The material was interesting but not that enthralling and I found myself dragging myself through the last few weeks of class. The professor wasn't very engaging during lectures and often went on tangents. Overall, wouldn't really recommend this class.
Fall 2020 - I would say the TA you get will make or break this class. My TA was a very generous grader and pretty engaging during discussions. You do have to attend discussions as it is part of your participation grade. The assignments can be tedious as you have to do weekly journals (250 words) based on the week's lecture, 1 final paper (6 pgs), 1 midterm paper (open-book), and 1 final paper (open-book). But as long as you put in decent quality work, you will most likely get an A or even A+. Definitely recommend esp if you like musicals.
Spring 2019 - Initially, I was turned off from taking this class because Professor Repologle-Wong had an overall 2.7 rating on BruinWalk (I really don't know how), but after looking at the grade distributions for her other classes and my love of musicals, I decided it was worth the risk. It was such a good idea!! I do not know if this is going to be one of my favorite classes at UCLA, but it is definitely up there. I personally love how unique and different the experience is as I am a STEM major, so normally would not take any class of this sort. Professor Repologle-Wong really knows her material though and occasionally will even bust out some notes on the piano like it is no big deal. The format of the class is one midterm that has some short answer and then one essay. She provided us with all the prompts beforehand though, so if you had at least kind of prepared, it was very doable. Then there was just a final paper and a take-home final exam that was due end of week 10 and finals week, respectively. That was about the only time that I did a ton of work in the class though. There are weekly reflections that are due on CCLE, but they did not have to be long and I found them a nice break from tedious math problems. A lot of people stopped showing up to lecture after awhile, but I found the content interesting and kept going. The Professor is not scared of bringing up criticism of some of the most popular and well-loved musicals, and I really found my eyes being opened as I approached music and its plot in ways that I had never previously considered. Where else would I have learned that Hamilton is problematic due to its erasure of African American history? Overall, I highly recommend this class if you are a musical fan or want an easy GE!