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This is the second class I have taken with Dr. Replogle and I have really enjoyed both. This is a super interesting class. One of the criticisms I gave her in the other class was that her selections of music weren't very diverse, racially. I would say that this is not the case for this class. I feel she covered a wide range of musicals given the time she had. For any of her classes, the TA really matters as they will be doing all of the subjective gradings. Discussions are also mandatory. Dr. Replogle is great and I would for sure recommend her!
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!