All Ratings and Reviews for Susan McClary
Professor McClary is an excellent lecturer. Her way of speaking is very clear and easy to understand. One midterm, one final, and one 10 page paper make up your entire grade, each worth 33 1/3%. You will know what the possible essay questions for the tests are beforehand. She knows that many of her students are not music or musicology majors and never gets too technical when explaining things. Instead of just rambling on about what she thinks is important about a piece, she will let students explain what they think. This variety really helps things stick in your head.
Whether or not you think you like the topic of the class beforehand, you WILL like it after. This class (Bach) actually made me consider a music history minor, and I am an astrophysics major.
She's one of the more better professors. She doesn't put herself off as an overly arrogant person. McClary knows her stuff. She's also somewhat lenient and takes into concern that not everyone in the class has advanced musical expertise. In that case, she is very thoughtful of the students. She's kinda easy, giving us essay questions ahead of time.
Professor McClary is phenomenally smart and can enthrall majors and non-majors alike with her lectures. After having her as a professor once, I made it my goal to have her as a professor as frequently as possible.
It would be a travesty to not have Professor McClary as your professor at least once in your undergraduate career.
She was a very knowledgeable professor. This class isn't as easy as it seems. It requires a lot of work near the midterm/final/paper.
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Awesome! The first day of class, I walked in and she was blasting some pretty good music, which set me off on a good foot. Then the first day, we listened to Madonna, NIN, and Boyz II Men, so there was something for nearly everyone. She gets into the music, and her dedication is inspiring. Funny, intelligent, and creative -- her class is the best!
When I signed up for her music and gender class, I really couldn't imagine what in the world gender had to do with music. But, her class opened up my eyes to the incredibly interesting ways that gender and music are intertwined. I knew that it was going to be a great class when the first thing we listened to was "Music" by Madonna. It didn't hurt that the speakers in Schoenberg 1200 are amazing, but the way she lectures makes previously unknown or invisible things very clear. In other words, her class was mind-blowing. The first paper assignment was to write about a film soundtrack and how it delineated gender in the film; the second was to write about a song by any contemporary group/artist and discuss gender using videos, live performances, recordings, etc. I wrote my paper on No Doubt's "Just A Girl", and it was amazing how much I learned by examining something that traditional scholars would have scoffed at. McClary knows the value of contemporary popular culture, and isn't afraid to include it in her analyses of music. It's so fascinating that she writes essays and texts on both 19th century castrati AND Madonna. Take her class.
McClary changed the way I approach Music History. If you listen to music with an open mind, I can guaruntee you will learn more than you thought possible. More conservative music history students might think she is a bit much, but I found her very informative.
Prod. McClary was one of the best teachers I have ever had and she opened my eyes up to music. When I listen to music now, I definately think of it in a different way. This calss is also extremely easy and the work we do have is enjoyable and not always necessary to do. For the midterm and final, she gave us the exact essay questions that were going to be on the exam. She doesn't try to surprise you. Her lectures were great, fun, interesting, and she really knows her stuff. She even will sing for everyone and play the piano which is great.
For a GE class, this is the way to go....and the TAs for her class was great....I had EVA and she was available 24/7 to answer any questions I had either in office hours or email.
She's enthralled by music. It shows from her lectures, her own comments about music and her knowledge of the subject. However she does have a tendency to crack inappropriate jokes into her readings of music pieces. Besides that jarring break from her scholarly and organized lectures she's a interesting prof.
She made me fall in love with Beethoven. Now when i listen to Beethoven, i find myself remembering the majority of the things she taught me. She explained things in a way that i could easily relate to. FANTASTIC professor...i highly reccommend her.
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