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Easy class. For the midterm and final, you have to memorize ~50 song titles, as well as the artist, year of recording, and three significant facts about each one. That was the hardest part. One 6 page paper at the end of the quarter, which was super easy to write (I just did it about my favorite band). If I didn't completely bomb the midterm, I would've gotten an A in the class. My TA was a homie and was incredibly helpful. Shoutout to Wade Dean Fulton, you tha man!
Fun class, but lots of material. You start rock 'n' roll history in the 1920's, learning about blues and country, and move forward all the way until the 90's ending with alternative. In between, you learn almost everything there is to learn about rock 'n' roll (or as much as is possible in 10 weeks). In terms of assignments, there are both weekly readings of ~30-40 pages (so buying the book is mandatory) and Spotify playlists of ~20 songs to listen to per week.
The midterm and final are basically memorization; the first section is listening to a 1-minute excerpt of a song and stating the name, artist, date, and 3 salient facts about it. The second section is a short answer portion based only on lectures. The third section is an essay, for which you cannot get full credit for unless you use information from the weekly readings. However, Dr. Replogle gives you the prompts ahead of time, and selects 2-3 to put on the exam. That means you can outline the prompts as a way to study and pick out which sections of the reading to cite, so the readings are really only mandatory to do on time for the quizzes in the first few discussions (which are also far too easy; I didn't read for one of them and still got full points by making stuff up).
The prompt for the paper is vague, but that means you can basically pick your topic. The TA's are all music fans who love reading about that kind of stuff, so as long as you make it interesting you'll be fine.
Overall, easy class with fun material and you get to learn a lot about music and artists such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis, and basically anyone else who was famous in the 20th century rock scene.
The class overall is fun and the TAs are all passionate about different aspects of music. The midterm and final require a lot of memorization of dates, song titles, and artist names but its pretty easy to get an A with some effort, especially with the paper (where you get to choose the topic).
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 @ email@example.com
I am a first year and took Music History 7 with prof Replogle fall 2013. She's elegant, knowledgeable, and concerned. Her lecture is very organized and interesting. I learnt a lot about film and film music industry that can be told from nowhere else! She doesn't put her slides online, but you can view them during her office hour. If you don't understand something, just go asking her and she'll explain it to you very well. Definitely take the class!
50% paper (throughout the quarter)
20% midterm (MC)
30% final (MC+essay)
I took MH 7 with Replogle and thought it was a great class. It was an easy A if you did all of the exam study guides (meaning you went to lecture or had someone give you notes/fill you in). She doesn't post her Powerpoint slides online so keeping up with her lectures was super important. I really enjoyed this class. It was basically watching movies (on your own time) and then going to lecture where she talked about scenes and how the music adds to the film.
There are 3 short exams, and we didn't have a final (though I guess you can say 2 of the short exams are midterms and the last exams is the "final") but they were all pretty easy if you studied, even just a little bit.
The class consists of a paper that you work on throughout the quarter. My T.A graded pretty easily and I ended up getting an A on the paper without really trying or stressing out about it.
I didn't watch half of the movies but still did well by going to lecture or having someone from the class explain what happened in lecture to me for the lectures I missed.
It was a great class and sort of an easy A. I definitely recommend it!
NOTE: ACTUAL CLASS TAKEN: MH5
Holley somehow misses so many iconic rock and roll bands in the syllabus and lectures of this class. It is called HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL yet we have artists like Eminem, Queen Latifah, and Dixie Chicks on this syllabus. Not to mention the “KING OF POP” Michael Jackson. Somehow the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis, only has one song on the syllabus.
On the day entitled HEAVY METAL, she left out the so-called godfathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath. Also she grossly misclassifies many rock and metal bands, almost so much it is offensive to a musician as myself.
The way she explains instruments and music is somewhat insulting to me, there was an observation once “the bass drum and snare drum sound different.” No way, that’s why they’re different drums.
I showed the syllabus to my guitar teacher, a distinguished longtime professor at Sonoma State University, and he was insulted by the music choice. How do you teach a class on rock and roll and not mention AC/DC he said, the greatest rock and roll band of all time. She forgot to mention the best selling hard rock album ever, Back in Black he said.
For hair/glam rock and metal, she forgets to mention Guns N Roses and Motley Crue? The two bands that define hair metal. In the LA Scene. How about Megadeth, Aerosmith (for funk), Journey, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Def Leppard, Pantera? Also, she said Randy Rhoads was from Sabbath; he was never in Sabbath. He founded Quiet Riot.
We focused so much on gay music and culture, but there is a class called LGBTQ Music and Culture. If that’s what I wanted to learn, I would’ve taken that class. Insulted that we didn’t cover actual rock for more than about 3 weeks of the quarter.
Overall I am very very very disappointed in the class. The description on CCLE is very misleading.
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.
Your mileage with this class will vary depending on your knowledge of music theory and/or film going in and your attention span. Lectures were interesting if you summarized the content in notes, and the professor was nice enough to let us have a break halfway through the 2-hour lectures, but overall, in the moment I found myself tuning out more often than not. This is better listed as a film class, as I was hoping to discuss the music itself on an analytical/music theory level, not so much the film as a whole and how the music adds to it.
I would consider this an easy GE however it'll feel like a pain in the butt at times. Her lectures are pretty unorganized and you'll get annoyed because you don't know what to write down, what to pay attention to, etc. After taking the midterm and final, I now know that it was heavily movie based and you should pay attention to those details the most. You also have to come to every lecture because she doesn't bruincast/put slides up. The midterm/final are pretty easy if you take notes and pay attention in lectures, as I studied very minimally for them and still did well. Discussions section is a COMPLETE waste of time but you still have to go for participation points.