All Ratings and Reviews for Roger Savage
Pr. Savage's class is very interesting. It is a historical review of the quality of music. If you attend lecture regularly and read the essays in the reader you will gain a lot of insight about western music in general and will even be able to understand post-modern music (repetitive, minimalist!). If you read the last two essays in the reader, they also mention how pop music fits into this picture.
However I thought it was a shame that he neglegted even mentioning some of the most revolutionary 19th and 20th century composers such as
Bartok (20th century music; western in form but with eastern European flavor),
Scriabin (late romantic who wrote atonal and pre-impressionistic music!),
Prokofiev (20th century revolutionary music using classical forms!)
Rachmaninoff (late romantic still composing like an early romantic).
Overall it was decent though, and all the famous composers are studied although superficially(Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner (ack! I personally hate this guy)...
This class is not as easy as people say. He doesn't curve! Yes, you heard it; that means you need 90 % of correct answers on his multiple choices to get an A. It is the only way to get an A. No questions asked. Good luck... given how tricky some of the questions are. He tests you on semantics and lexical subtleties (about 33% of the questions are like that; it is very annoying). You will have trouble understanding the questions if english is not your native language.
Also I don't know if this happens every quarter but I'd say about 40 % of the questions on both exams were about Wagner (topic which I found the least interesting). Now it would be nice if all chapters were represented by the same number of questions just to be fair.
In conclusion this class teaches you a lot but it is very difficult to get an A.
Even though I got a B I am glad I took this class. What I learned is priceless.
Randy Savage is cool, the best part of class is at the end of the year when if the class gets good grades he will talk about his early days when he used to wrestle...take his class, it is very eye-opening
Although I got B from him, professor Savage is cool unlike his last name. He is born to be a professor. His explanation about lecture is precise and clear to understand. This course is highly recommendable.
I took Ethnomusicology 174 with him. I loved the class, and thought he was a great professor. He's very sweet, interested in student's learning, and presents the material in an extremely comprehensible way. It really wasn't a difficult class, and I still remember the material a year later.
He teaches the kinds of ideas that can completely change the way you think, and the idealism that shows through is refreshing.
ethno 174 was great! it was easy and i learned sooooo much about the aesthetics of music... why we have "weird" modern music today like repetitive music etc.. this class is really easy...(as long as you GO to class) it's fun and interesting.. and i really really learned a lot... it has been my best so far.. and the professor is soooo nice! he's really funny and i just really admired not only his depth of knowledge but his kindness and effective teaching... take this class! it's pretty cool
After reading the glowing reviews, I TRIED to take Ethnomusicology 174, but it turned out to be so horribly boring I simply couldn't stand it anymore and dropped the class. My friends didn't even last a week in it. The two-hour lectures are absolutely agonizing to sit through, unless you enjoy hearing someone repeat the same thing over and over again.
Interesting class but it is more about music history than aesthetics. Professor Savage explains things clearly but the lectures can get very repeatative especailly towards the end of the year. If you go to all the lectures and the discussions (very good for a summary of the lecture material) you really dont need the course reader at all. The tests are multiple choice and easy if you are good at memorizing, but there is no curve and the wording/vocabulary can throw a lot of people off.
Professor Savage is a great teacher! The material is interesting and Ethnomusicology 174 is a fairly easy course as long as you attend every lecture and discussion section. I highly recommend taking any course taught by Professor Savage.
The class itself was not that hard, but obviously, if you want that "A" grade, you have to put in the effort. Professor Savage is great overall and extremely helpful when you ask him questions about the material. He provided all the information and resources to earn a decent grade. All of the assignments submitted for grading were essays. So, 2 essays (each worth 15% of grade), plus the Midterm (30%) and Final exam (40%). The Midterm exam consisted of 2 essays (2-4 pages each) and the Final exam consisted of 4 essays (again, 2-4 pages each). But, I would suggest writing more pages than the minimum required. I highly recommend attending the lectures live to be able to ask questions if necessary. I am not a music major and was initially worried that the course would be difficult, but it was very doable. Take him if you want to learn about the history of Western music and its aesthetics.
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