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CLUSTER 73CW
Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain--Special Topics: Music and Brain See Full Profile

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MSC IND 103
Music and Brain See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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This is for the music and the brain seminar for Cluster 73. Tramo is terrible – he did not have a syllabus until week 6, never created slides, and he didn't know the class was a writing 2 course. This class was supposed to be seminar style, but instead he lectured for three hours straight every day. Usually the lectures were about how great he was (once he mentioned that he went to Harvard 14 times in 30 minutes). He's more interested in telling first years how great he is as opposed to actually teaching them. This guy is smart, he just doesn't know (or doesn't want to ) teach. I can't stress this enough – do. not. take. this. class. No matter what requirement you need filled, no matter how interesting it sounds, don't do it. You will hate yourself if you take this class.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
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MSC IND M103
Music, Mind, and Brain See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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Tramo is the worst professor ever. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! It sounds interesting, yes????? BUT SOMEHOW IT'S NOT. HE SOMEHOW MANAGES TO MAKE IT AWFUL. It's a 3 hour seminar 630-930 on a Thursday and he ALWAYS goes over, completely ignores the syllabus and rambles about the Beatles incoherently for hours. I would do anything to go back in time and not take this class.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
MSC IND M103
Music, Mind, and Brain See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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Tramo is the worst professor ever. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! It sounds interesting, yes????? BUT SOMEHOW IT'S NOT. HE SOMEHOW MANAGES TO MAKE IT AWFUL. It's a 3 hour seminar 630-930 on a Thursday and he ALWAYS goes over, completely ignores the syllabus and rambles about the Beatles incoherently for hours. I would do anything to go back in time and not take this class.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
MUS IND 103
Music and Brain See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.0

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Professor Tramo is a really smart guy but an awful professor. There is no organization at all to his class and this makes paying attention in a 3 hour lecture extremely difficult. The homework questions are convoluted, vague and don’t seem to relate to anything relevant or talked about in class. The homework is due every week online before class and the final was also done online with about 70% of the questions exactly the same as the homework. I have an extensive music background but the material was presented so poorly that I had a hard time following what he was talking about most of the time. Even though the final was take home, it took me about 5 hours to complete. Overall I dedicated about 4-5 hours per week including the 3 hour lecture. Overall the class was an easy A but I wouldn’t take it again since i didn’t learn anything of value and did not enjoy it.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
ETHNOMU M130
Culture of Jazz Aesthetics See Full Profile

Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 2.2

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Music Industry 103

Ditto the person below me. The syllabus description seemed cool and the professor seemed to know his shit at the beginning.

Turns out there is no rhyme or reason to his teachings, the lectures are long and boring. The man just likes to hear himself drone on and on.

Additionally: warning to all students interested in this class. You may think its an "easy A". There is a cost. He is rude, inappropriate, abuser of his power, hostile, and totally unprofessional. He has publicly shamed students in the classroom for "not looking at him" when he speaks. And when I asked for a grade breakdown so I could know what I got on the final and the presentation, he sent an email back accusing me of being too interested in my grade (well he used worse words than that) and refused to tell me... What the actual fuck? Is it against the law to know your grade?

I took this up with the Dean of Students and the department chair. UCLA is great but the bureacratic nonsense is bullshit. Nobody could do anything to discipline him, nor investigate on my behalf. Bullshit class with a fucked up man who will abuse his power if you appear to "challenge" him.

Consider yourselves warned.

(July 11, 2015)
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ETHNOMU 163
Pathways to Composition See Full Profile

Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.3

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THIS IS FOR MUSIC INDUSTRY 103 - MUSIC & BRAIN

At first, I thought he was a really awesome guy with a super interesting class. The class was small so I really was expecting to learn a lot. However, he tried to fit too much random things into the class, such as physics of music and the definition of creativity. The class was very unorganized and most of the time I had difficulty following because of the lack of a real base for the info.

That being said, there are MANY really interesting moments to this class also (be cautious, he avoids all topics of psychology of emotions in music and focuses on the neuroscience behind listening to music). Also, the homework and grading is very easy... take home multiple choice test. My friends and I got A-'s however. I was expecting an A because I attended all the classes.

(Sept. 16, 2012)
NEUROSC M170
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NEUROSC M170
Music and Brain See Full Profile

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NEUROSC M170
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NEUROSC M170
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PHYSCI M176
Auditory Neuroscience of Speech Perception and Vocal Communication See Full Profile

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