All Ratings and Reviews for Kenneth Burrell
Easy GE only 3 assignments, if you don't want to read the books just show up to lecture, jot a few notes and you got your essay there. Final exam is take home 7 questions with an 8th optional about how this class has helped you. pretty cool that you get to take a class with a jazz legend Kenny Burrell. JAZZ
Tizight teach, recomendz himz allz aroundz. Mad skillaz on the guitas, wez my posta kenny?
I took this class for Ellingtonia...Easy A!!! And the material is really interesting, I enjoyed the class. I have both the Duke Ellington books and can sell them for $30 for both!! contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Burrell is clearly an awesome performer and such, but like many old-school jazz musicians, he's not stellar at teaching since many of his generation are of the belief that jazz can't really be taught.
take your easy A+ and get the hell out of here! show up to class, take a 3 hour nap, and get your A, thats about it.
Mr. Burrell is a good and fair teacher, but not necessarily one I'd recommend. While he loves his subject, Duke Ellington, the scope of the class is too narrow to spend 10 weeks on. After a while it gets repetitive.
He is not a fast speaker, but his lecture style is good enough and he incorporates both music and video into his teaching. Being a musician, he is not really up to the level of lecturing UCLA students are accustomed to. He is however, very nice and understanding and does everything he can to make the class enjoyable and informative.
While I enjoyed the class at times, most of the time I found myself losing concentration as he went over the same topics again and again.
As far as grading, this class is very easy. I took very few notes and did no readings until I wrote the two required papers and I got an A in the class.
Pros: Initially interesting subject, taught by a Jazz legend, Very easy A, no notes required, no readings required, Very nice teacher
Cons: Repetitive, Slow Speaker, Too narrow of a subject
Took this class Winter 2010. 3 Assignments. No exams. All take home papers.
Midterm Paper 4-6 pages
Term Paper 6-8 Pages
Final Paper 6-8 Pages (Answer the 7 questions he gives you)
That's it. The class meets once a week for 10 weeks. Don't have to show up during the final's week. He's really flexible about when to turn in the assignments too.
As far as the class goes, very interesting material the first few weeks. The class is set up that the first 1.5 hours is lecture/discussion, break 10 minutes, then a video for 1.5 hours. As far as I understand, you will get an A for just doing the 3 assignments. Attendance is mandatory though as he has a sign-in sheet.
Prof Burrell is an amazing person. But I can agree with the comments regarding the class setup. It's seems a little mismatched with people from a music background and those without. We don't go into music theory, but talk mostly about the man himself.... Which is nice for the first few weeks, but then gets a bit repetitive. Overall, easy class. I enjoyed it.
I took him for the Ellington class (Ellingtonia). His lectures can be hard to follow and are at times redundant but if you can get by that, his ideas are very rich. You walk away from this class wondering why Ellington isn't celebrated in the same way as Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, et. al. America's greatest composer was every bit as complex, intelligent and innovative as anything the rest of the world has to offer and this course teaches you why.
The assignments are very reasonable. Burrell will say that lateness won't be tolerated but he tolerates it, anyway. There were times I wished he would've locked the door on the late-comers but that's a quibble.
I always thought Jazz couldn't be taught; you either get it or you don't. Burrell breaks it down in this seminar and he gets specific. Again, if you can ignore the redundancies, you're in for a rewarding experience.
This class was one of the easiest classes I ever took, 3 assignments which were a piece of cake, all take home. He just wants you to learn about Ellington, No memorizing or exams or anything like that
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