All Ratings and Reviews for Susan McClary
All of the professors in the Music History/Musicology
department have a great sense of humor. I've
taken a few classes from the department and have
thoroughly enjoy all of them. McClary is brilliant and
her husband (Walser) is a great lecturer, too.
I highly recommend her Music and Gender class.
Professor McClary is the best professor I've had here at UCLA by far. Firstly, she is absolutely brilliant, and she conveys her ideas so well to her students. She makes lectures so interesting that you feel like you're missing out if you skip lecture or fall asleep. I looked forward to each of her lectures, and was truly sad when the class was over. I took her Music and Gender class and thouroughly enjoyed it! I learned so much, that from her class I decided to minor in music history. I recommend Prof. McClary whole heartedly!
a bit on the weird side, but a very intriging, extraordinary prof! Definitely recommend - guarantee you will not fall asleep in class!
Prof. McClary is a genius. If you get the chance to take a class with her you are very fortunate.
McClary seems like one of those brilliant but very tough teachers.
I LOVED McClary's music and gender class. it was one of the best classes I have EVER taken at UCLA. I was a bit overwhelmed in the beginng because I am not a music major, but after a while I got the hang of it. She is a great professor who really knows her stuff. I feel like a more interesting person because of her class!
McClary was an awesome professor. i didn't even listen to classical music going into the class, but after i got through with the class i ended up really enjoying it and being able to appreciate it. her lectures were really interesting, she does a good job of leading you through the symphonies. as for the midterm and final, she lets u know whats going to be on it beforehand, such as giving u sample essay questions.
Professor McClary was one of the best professors I have ever had at UCLA, ever. She is very knowledgable about all things opera, and although the class was a solid 2 hour block without a break, I felt like the time flew by, a little too quickly sometimes. She liked to show us the actual operas on DVD, which was a nice treat. I love opera now because of her. Her paper assignments were fair, and so were her exams. She gives the essay questions out ahead of time and as long as you do all the listening for the week, you'll do fine on the tests. I highly recommend taking one of her classes.
Well, she obviously knows her stuff. But, as far as teaching music history goes, she tends to veer off way too much into the realm of music theory. She spends too much time analyzing harmonic progressions instead of going over the historical context that pieces are in. Nearly everyone who takes her class has to take music theory (usually before the 26 series) so it's a little overkill sometimes with the theoretical analysis. Also, she doesn't play enough recordings of works (or stops them too soon). Instead, she sings or plays the pieces on the piano, with not-so-wonderful results. She assigned a gargantuan 10 page paper with a topic that could have been answered in 5 pages. She pulls a similar thing with her tests: length is better than quality.
she is an entertaining lecturer who is very amusing in class. she helps you out however she can to make sure you know what she wants on the exams. she does funny things to make sure you remember the pieces. she's gareat! definitely take her and talk in class! she appreciates any ideas brought to the table.
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