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    Jan 18, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I do not recommend this course as an elective. The professor was not kind but rather judgmental. If he looked at and did not like what he see's, he would find an excuse to put you down. His assignments are some-what easy but he is picky. He believes that college students are morons.

    Course highlights:

    I learned to do useless research on American Music. He wanted us to find seven sources which three had to books on a time period in American from the start to the 1800's and find music and culture. With the library being limited it was challenging.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you could the avoid the class, do it. If you cannot, be prepared to have your feelings hurt and know that you are not the special person who you are. Just do the work and make friends in the class because talking to him is scary.

    • Spring 2016
    • Kelly
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jan 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course was incredible! However, I've heard that it's wildly different and rather difficult when taken with any other professor, so I can only speak for Dr. Will Dobra's version of the course. I would even take this class with him again, if I could.

    Course highlights:

    I gained so much musical insight from taking this course. I learned about all of the classics and the greats in music history, from the early 1900s through the 1980s. I discovered classic groups I never knew about as well as learned more about groups that I was already familiar with, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. We watched and listened to countless Youtube clips of music, learned about key chord progressions, and practiced listening for timing (is it a four count, seven count, etc.). Fantastic course! Dr. Dobra made mornings fun and interesting for me with this class. Also, tests are very easy. He truly cares about the learning and doesn't try to trip students up on tests.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    The toughest part of Dr.Dobra's exams is the "drop the needle" portion. He gives the class a list of songs to know, and you have to make yourself familiar with each one. On exam day, he'll play a few seconds from a select few of said songs (parts that aren't immediately identifiable), and you have to write which song he played, both the title and the artist or band. Also, unless you just want to read for fun, he does not use the suggested textbook, so you can save your money on that. Most of the other professors who teach this subject do, so this advice only goes for Dr.Dobra's course.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dobra
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