This class was tough.
This is a required course for music majors, but it is really hard. Music History I is from prehistory right up to the development of symphonic music--which is not always the most interesting parts of music history. Music History II (314) gets a lot more fun, so remember that in order to get through 313. Macklin is a great guy, extremely knowledgeable. He loves participation, but doesn't make lectures required, so show up to get on his good side and keep his faith in the school system. This class focuses a lot on coming up with your own thoughts on music. Be prepared to do a lot of writing. Writing assignments should mostly about your own thoughts and feelings, not so much on background info. Always do the readings and listening journals, they will help A LOT at the end of the year.
This class is really great in helping with essay writing practice, and listening practice. As long as you do the readings and assignments, the exams will be a breeze. Macklin makes lectures really interesting with humor and a lot of interesting extra information, so that's just another reason to attend lecture!
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Advice for students:
Always do the listening journals! Don't try to make stuff up, really listen to the music and form your own thoughts and feelings about what you hear. The readings are long and monotonous, but it is really helpful for discussions and exams. Always try to participate, it helps in practice, keeps you focused, and contributes to the conversation.