All Ratings and Reviews for Timothy D Taylor
I love music and have taken many classes in the music department but this was by far the worst one. Do not take this if you are looking for a fun GE
This class was alright in terms of difficulty, but extremely boring. Lectures are almost two hours long, and about half of the enrolled students attend lecture. And of the students that do attend lecture, a lot of them are on their phones or simply browsing the web instead of paying attention to the professor. Professor Taylor is super passionate about the subject, but his clarity is lacking. His lecture slides have no words, only a picture and a title. So if you miss class, you're screwed and cannot make up that missing info. It's also hard most of the time to digest what is important and what isn't, since he tends to ramble on for ages. Nevertheless, the midterm and final was pretty fair and not too difficult, and yet still given a tiny generous curve. The two papers were also graded pretty fairly, with most people getting As and Bs. But honestly, I would not recommend this class with this professor because of his lack of clarity and the dullness of the lecture.
hes not that hard if you listen to him in calss and take good notes. there is a lot of reading but its a pretty easy A if you just pay attention.
Professor Taylor is definitely not the most dynamic nor informative professor at UCLA. He is a really nice guy, but I don't think he's suited to being a professor. He has a lot of knowledge but he does not know how to profess it. All in all, I got a general picture about music, media, and consumer society through the obscene amounts of reading, most of which was not included in the course reader and was only available online which was annoying. His lectures are poorly organized because he does not include slides for the most important material and goes off on random tangents that I found distracting and irrelevant. His voice is irritating and his stage presence is not very engaging. The TAs seemed like they knew a lot about music but weren't around much, mostly just graded our weekly 1-2 page papers about the reading. The midterm and final are simple enough, mostly just test factual knowledge from lecture (which nobody went to) with short answers, there are a few easy listening IDs and a long essay that does not require much thought, just regurgitate thoughts and ideas from lecture. Overall, not the best professor so the class was easy but a waste of time. I understand that it was his first time teaching the class, so hopefully he'll improve in the future for the sake of his students.
The professor has an annoying soporific voice, and like the person above said, does not know how to give an engaging or interesting lecture. The course reader required for this class is absolutely unnecessary - neither the midterm nor the final had ANY material from the course reader. He assigns an obscene amount of reading, but does not test any of it. He seems very nervous and defensive all the time, but if you talk to him one-on-one, he's pretty nice. Although he treats the class as a whole as a kindergarten class (he raises his voice and shouts, "No talking!" and makes his TA's stand guard by the side of the aisles), he respects you when you talk to him one-on-one. All in all, the material was interesting, but the professor? Not so much. The class isn't that hard as long as you go to lecture and review the lecture material (a lot of memorization though).
Horrible lecturer and not passionate about ethnomusicology at all. He doesnt allow lecture recordings or upload lecture powerpoints for students to review, and when i suggested it to him after class he said that he refused to do that otherwise students might steal his work. Why share your knowledge to students at all if you are paranoid that they might publish your findings? Timothy obvoiusly is not teaching to help students but for ulterior motives. His office hours are practically nonexistant which demonstrates his lack of concern for students. I wouldnt take him again. I received a good grade but I expect UCLA to have passionate educators. Timothy is not one of these.
Professor Taylor is a very interesting character. He often cracks jokes during lecture and gives a lot of anecdotes from when he was younger. He has an extremely monotone voice and I may have fallen asleep a couple times in lecture, but do your best to stay awake!! I hated emailing this professor because he never answered any of my questions and I often sensed a hint of sarcasm in his answers. He would basically answer all my questions with a "I can't tell you." So that was extremely annoying.
Going to lecture is not mandatory and he makes it very clear that he doesn't care if you're paying attention or not because "you're all adults." However, going to lecture for this class is important because even though he uploads the slides online, they barely have any text explaining the topic for lecture. He does all the explaining in class, so go to lecture!
The experience you will have in this class will be largely affected by the type of TA you have. My TA was very helpful and broke down the readings in discussion well enough to manage writing a decent paper for the assignments. If you aren't as lucky, do the readings as best as you can! And go to discussion because it will affect your grade if you don't go.
The assignments for this class are pretty light. You have to write two 5-page papers, the professor will give you the prompt a week before it is due in discussion. The midterm wasn't hard. Basically if you do the readings and go to lecture, and study a bit, you'll be fine. But nothing to stress over. The TAs grade the midterms and papers, Professor Taylor pretty much leaves it up to them to give the grade for assignments.
The final exam was a series of questions about the readings, listenings (songs), and a type of mini essay at the end. Professor Taylor lets you prepare for the final essay at home and then you write the paper in class.
Overall this class was pretty good. I was upset at how they graded the final because it brought down my grade, while I did very well in the other assignments. I would take this class again, just try to pay more attention to what the TAs want you to write.
I love both music and media, so I thought this would be the perfect GE for me! I couldn't have been more wrong. Taylor speaks in a monotone voice, and lectures were very boring. He barely wrote anything on his slides, so you would have to pay attention to what he said, even thought most of it wasn't important. Exams were unnecessarily hard, and we got marked down for not using specific words, even if we showed that we understood the concept clearly. Essays were graded unfairly in the same way. Definitely do not take this class as a GE.
Professor Taylor was great. I don't know why everyone seems to not like him too much, however the only thing I can say might be because those were almost 6 years ago. But Music and Media was my favorite class so far at UCLA. I loved every single lecture, and barely had to study for the midterm and final because the material was so interesting that you just retain it as you go. The homework wasn't too bad at all. Only 1 or 2 readings a week that aren't very long and he even tells you to basically just skim them and get the main ideas out of them. I had the TA Deonte and he was SO great. I HIGHLY recommend this class. Also, there are two essays but you have plenty of time and the prompts are extremely easy and I hate writing essays but these were actually enjoyable because the material is great. And they help you indirectly study for the final. The class description is a little off though, Music and Media traces music starting at the record player all the way up to the ipod. While also looking at the advertising industry, radio, and TV (whole lecture on MTV). Basically just take this class. It's awesome.
btw Taylor does have a slightly annoying voice for the first day, but you get used to it. And I think he definitely seems passionate about the topic considering he's dedicated his entire life to it basically. Also not to brag for him but he taught this subject at Columbia and he went to Yale music school for grad school. Just sayin!
I would say that this is one of the worst classes I've taken at UCLA. Not because the topic is not interesting, but mainly because of the professor. First, Professor Taylor speaks with a monotone voice, which I can hardly understanding what he's trying to say. He also digressed away from the main points by telling us different anecdotes. The worst part is his presentation. It only consists of pictures, and huge quotes. He doesn't put up any main point or whatsoever. If you spaced out for a few seconds, or missed a class, you could potentially miss out important points for the exam. The readings are also ridiculously long and excessive. Their content is almost entirely exclusive from the lecture.
I feel like I learned very little from this class. To be fair, I was taking it only for GE. Those people who love 'music' classes might be interested. I feel like this class would be much more interesting if it was taught by other clearer and more succinct professors.
The test was not hard, and the TAs were great and helpful. However, I did not do so well, because I couldn't really understand his lecture. His study guide is also very vague, not giving us any specific terms and ideas to study for.
Overall, what makes this class horrible is mainly the professor and how he organized the class.
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