MUS HST 19: Fiat Lux, Musicals and Disabilities This was an enjoyable Fiat Lux. Professor Knapp's research is heavily concentrated on this subject matter, so you can really learn a lot from him. The workload is essentially nonexistent, and if you show up you'll pass with ease. If you have a general interest in musical theater or in the study of how disabilities are portrayed in popular culture, I would highly recommend this seminar. Knapp is kind of a bore, but he's a good guy and really likes to teach and share his research. He's not the most engaging person, but you can learn a lot from him.
MUS HIS 60: American Musicals This professor is good. If you have an interest in musical theater and is interested in analyzing it in a light manner, you will enjoy this class. His analysis of the musicals is eye-opening and effective and interesting. There is a good variety of musicals introduced in the class, including classics like Oklahoma! and also stuff like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is very fair and concerned enough, including everything you need to know for his test in his study guides. Seriously, I did not read his books but paid attention during lecture and studied the study guide was able to ace all of his tests. So basically, just attend lecture and pay half an attention and dedicate like 4 hrs before each test studying the study guide and you will get a good grade and have a good time.
Fall 2021 - I would disagree with other reviews of this class. It was really hard, but ultimately I learned a lot and have a greater appreciation for the music and life of Beethoven. Even though the lectures were not super engaging because they were in a huge lecture hall with only about 50 people in it, I know that the professor cares a lot about the content and about his students. The content of the class was often really interesting and I loved the readings. My TA was super helpful and engaging which made me like the class a lot more. I definitley wouldn't recommend taking this class if you do not have a background in music/music theory, as the listening quizzes require having a good ear. Overall I am glad I took this course and feel like I gained something from it, despite the challenge.