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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.
I took this class as a GE because it seemed interesting, but it ended up being my favorite. The professor is extremely engaging, and seems very passionate about the content. Her slides are very helpful and she uses them throughout every lecture. The lectures were long, but you don't need to pay attention the whole time by any means, so even when I zoned out and then came to again I was totally fine and not lost. The class is really easy, as long as u make sure to grasp something from the lectures you'll be good. She goes over a lot of different ideas during each lecture, but just make sure you understand at least one subtopic so that you can write the weekly journals. The weekly journals were graded out of 2 points, which is annoying sometimes, but the TA helped a lot so that I knew what I needed to write. They were also only around 250 words which is not bad. You also had to do the assigned reading, at least enough to make some comments on a group annotation. That was all the work you had to do per week, it was so manageable. Highly recommend taking this class.
I took this class as a GE, since I've always had interest in both music and film. I expected this course to be one of the most interesting classes in my schedule, since it seems like you basically just watch movies and analyze them. DONT BE FOOLED !! somehow this class makes movies like Beauty and the Beast and Moonlight extremely boring. There is little to no organization in the lectures, making the trip to class not worth the effort. Don't even get me started on the discussion sections- A COMPLETE waste of time. They're designed to give you "supple feedback" for your essay (there's 3 grades: midterm, final, essay). However, my TA just ranted about random movies having nothing to do with the curriculum. In fact, the section before the midterm, this mans really said "forget about the midterm, fck school, go party". I would not recommend this class whatsoever, a complete waste of my time.
I've watched less than 100 movies in my life, have 0 musical knowledge, and hardly knows anything about American culture.
So naturally, I struggled to grasp the concepts the professor teaches about music in films in general. I skipped some lectures and barely talked in discussion. However, the midterm and final exams are very easy (100% on both) and my TA was understanding. The hardest part was the essay which took so much researching especially if you can't analyze music.
In the end, I appreciate the diversity of films that came from various countries we had to watch and learned so much about music. It was worth my time.
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
Course taken: Music History 7
Great class! Easy and interesting! The only assingments are to watch a film each week, and there's one essay at the end of the quarter. Plus a midterm and final of course.
She posts articles for the class to read, I never read any of them and got an A in the class. You could also get by not watching the assigned films, but I recommend watching them because they're actually great films!
TL;DR Fun, you learn a lot, and easy A. Whether you're a musician or not, take this class! I really enjoyed it :)
Actual course taken: Music History 7
Music history 7 is both an easy and extremely enjoyable GE. The professor is a wealth of knowledge and is such a pleasure to listen to for an hour and fifty minutes. The exams are extremely straightforward, and the essay was actually a ton of fun to write! As long as you pay attention in lecture you should receive a very good grade!
Actual Course taken: Music History 7
Go to every lecture and review the study guides before the exam and you should be fine. Memorize the directors and composers, and figure out why each study guide term is important/relevant and how they are connected (they're ordered in appearance of the lecture, so they're pretty much all consecutive in relation). 3 multiple choice exams (50/40/40 questions respectively) which were fair.
5 page paper (double spaced) that is of your choosing. Easy if you have a good topic, annoying if you randomly choose a topic without much foresight of a meaningful discussion/analysis to be had. 3 due dates: outline, rough draft (2 pages), final draft.
Extra credit assignment worth up to additional 3%, which is extremely helpful since grading is on an absolute scale and not a curve. Did it the day it was due and ended up with 2.5%.
I have no experience in music theory or playing an instrument. Class was interesting and not time-consuming. With extra credit, ended up with an A. Highly recommend it for a fairly easy GE.
Her class is very interesting and addressed overlooked concepts of film and music. Her homework consisted of watching weekly movies and one overall essay. Her lectures were a little long but we watched clips in class. Overall, the information was presented in an interesting and clear way that was also interactive and entertaining.