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This is by no means a difficult class, but it does require effort. Her lectures are EXTREMELY dry and dull; I've definitely fallen asleep more than once. But you do have to try to stay awake and take good notes because she does quiz on the things she says in lecture and doesn't put anything online other than the vocab sheets. If you miss lecture, make sure you get notes from someone else...it's definitely helpful to have a study buddy for this class.
The pros of this class is that there is never any homework (other than 2 simple reading summaries which are credit/no credit) and I literally never did any of the readings and I ended up getting an A. The listening quizzes, midterm, and final all follow the exact same format, so it's really not hard to predict what's going to be on there. It does help to have a background in music, but it's unnecessary. Also, my TA, Arreanna, was awesome and really really helpful.
Overall, with a little effort, you can easily get an A in this class. If all the other easy GE's are filled up, definitely consider this one if you want a miniscule workload.
This class is a GE, but you should definitely reconsider taking it if you have very little knowledge about music theory. Some people did well w/o that prior knowledge, and some people get hung up on the little details that aren't important to the overall understanding of the piece she is discussing.
This class is definitely intensive, with readings and intense listenings every week. There are two listening quizzes, a midterm and a final; I feel like she is very up front with you on what she wants, and from there on it's up to you to analyze and do some research to catch up if you don't understand. The TA's help alot if you have questions on pretty much anything.
I would definitely take this class again, as Prof. Bloechl is a good teacher, but, as with any professor, some of you will love her and some of you will hate her methods.