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This class was pretty freaking great. It is now known as MUSCLG 69, a musicology class, but it is still the same great professor and class topic. Professor Redmond is so incredible. Every single on of her lectures was so well thought out like a TED talk. Although it was set in a lecture room of 100 or more, she still sought active participation by asking questions and taking polls by a show of hands. Her musical knowledge is incredible too. Although I was tired most days, this class kept me awake and on my toes. Professor Redmond also finished her lectures anywhere from 20-even 40 minutes earlier. There was only one class period in the whole quarter where she spent the whole lecture time.
Attendance in lecture and discussion is mandatory. Attendance is taking at the beginning of the class period by the TA's.
Discussion was pretty great. Shoutout to my TA Marissa who was so sweet and helpful. In discussion, we went over topics that were brought up in lecture and added onto that by listening to things and watching music videos. We also had listening journals where we had to listen a song of our choice on our own time (how easy) and write a half page to a page analysis of it. I love listening to music and getting to write about the songs we like was super fun. These listening journals were randomly collected either in lecture or discussion and we had to do one entry a week.
There was a take home midterm where we were able to choose a prompt of our choice. This took a while for me to finish and I thought I did bad, but my TA was very open with grading for everyone and understood our point and almost everyone got a good grade, and if they didn't, there was a chance to make up some of the points with a rewrite.
The final project for this class was to create a playlist based on a topic. This was very open-ended and one could have chosen songs that related to any topic (WWII, punk culture, drugs in the 70s, etc.).
This class required effort and attention, but as long as you talk to your TA and attend lectures and discussions, you will do well in the class.
This is one of my favorite classes I've taken so far at UCLA. Professor Redmond is extremely passionate which made the majority of her lectures very engaging. It is important to note that attendance is essential for this class. The TAs took attendance at every lecture and discussion so it is important that you are there on time and stay the whole time. However, lectures often ended early. It is also essential that you stay on top of the readings and assignments, as they can and were collected randomly without warning. As long as you attend all lectures and discussions and use the material from class in your assignments to support your own opinions you will do well.