Elizabeth Upton

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MUS HST 26A
History and Analysis of Music I Full Profile > 4.4 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.1 Workload 4.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
MUS HST 26A
History and Analysis of Music I See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.1 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 3.9

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MUS HST 66
Getting Medieval Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.6 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
As a person, I think Upton is wonderful. She was very enthusiastic and friendly and clearly loves music and teaching. Lots of the music we listened to... (June 16, 2011)
MUS HST 66
Getting Medieval See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.1

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As a person, I think Upton is wonderful. She was very enthusiastic and friendly and clearly loves music and teaching. Lots of the music we listened to in class was pretty interesting and she posts it on the website to download/study so that's cool. However, this class was organized rather poorly. By the end of the quarter I still had no idea what "medieval music" really was, and I'm not sure how half of what we learned even related to the class.
The class is still fairly easy though. Pretty much everybody got an A on both of the papers you get credit just for posting a on the forum. The midterm consisted of a few music IDs, and they chose fairly obvious pieces to identify. The final was extremely frustrating to study for. She gave us a list of about 60 songs to memorize and 5 essay questions to prepare, which is way more difficult than it sounds. In the end, it's not a hard class and you learn some interesting things, but it's not very fun to study for.

(June 16, 2011)
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MUS HST 68
The Beatles Full Profile > 4.8 Overall 4.3 Easiness 4.1 Workload 4.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
For music History 68 Beatles Loved the class!! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Beatles and their music. Breakdown of the class is one ... (June 21, 2014)
MUS HST 68
The Beatles See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.3 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.4

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For music History 68 Beatles

Loved the class!! She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Beatles and their music. Breakdown of the class is one midterm, 8 page paper, and final. The midterm and final are pretty easy. They consist of listening to the songs and identifying them, name, band, album and date released and two sentences significant to the song. then there are essay questions that if you go to lecture you are bound to know. the paper is not hard and for a non-music major it was easy to do; basically you pick a Beatle song and analyze it. She will show various examples of how it is done.
There are two texts required but only one really needed for the essay. Gould's Can't Buy Me Love. If you need a copy I have it email me [email protected]
read it for she makes constant references to it and may appear on the midterm and final as "gould said this what do you think about it?" and the pages add up so keep up with the reading. overall recommend the class!!

(June 21, 2014)
MUS HST 125A
Music, History, and Culture to 1500 Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
MUS HST 125A
Music, History, and Culture to 1500 See Full Profile

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MUS HST 168
Selected Topics on Beatles Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
MUS HST 168
Selected Topics on Beatles See Full Profile

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MUS HST 193C
Music History Journal Club Seminars for Majors Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.2 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
MUS HST 193C
Music History Journal Club Seminars for Majors See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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MUSCLGY 200A
Introduction to Music Scholarship Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
Upton comes off as sweet and caring but in reality she is anything but. If you disagree with her she takes it very personally and gets defensive and mea... (Oct. 4, 2014)
MUSCLGY 200A
Introduction to Music Scholarship See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.0

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Upton comes off as sweet and caring but in reality she is anything but. If you disagree with her she takes it very personally and gets defensive and mean. I raised my hand during a lecture to ask questions and for clarification and I was met with irritated glare and a response of "Can I just finish this because I'm right." Fantastic, I wasn't doubting that and just wasn't clear on exactly what you are saying.

Here lectures are extremely scattered and even to someone that is a 3.5 student and pays regular attention during lectures, and copious notes, she still did not fully explain her concepts and her midterms, while very fair essay questions, were extremely difficult to answer because she didn't adequately give us the information to fully answer the question the way she asked.

And quite frankly, she's a medievalist but doesn't speak or even know Latin, despite 90% of the her studies being music that is in Latin. In my mind, that's like a scholar of Russian Literature not speaking Russian. Nor does she know how to do the Hand Reading system used by the Boy Choirs of the Renaissance and prior in the monasteries.

How this woman ever got tenure in a major Musicology department is a massive mystery to me and anyones guess.

I wish I could really respect her but ultimately, I really cannot, and really do not think she is worthy or earning of students respect and is extremely unprofessional.I feel more sorry for the other tenure faculty in the department and future students.

(Oct. 4, 2014)
MUSCLGY 250
Seminar: Theoretical Topics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
MUSCLGY 250
Seminar: Theoretical Topics See Full Profile

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MUSCLGY 260A
Seminar: Historical Musicology -- Medieval Full Profile > 3.2 Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Took Music History 68. Was a very easy class! She was very energetic and friendly. tests were fairly simple and were easy to get an A on with a few hour... (March 2, 2015)
MUSCLGY 260A
Seminar: Historical Musicology -- Medieval See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Took Music History 68.
Was a very easy class! She was very energetic and friendly. tests were fairly simple and were easy to get an A on with a few hours of cramming the night before. Class was very interesting! especially if you are interested in the Beatles. We basically listen to music for half of every lecture. I got an A without putting in a ton of effort. Enjoyed the class and enjoyed the teacher!

(March 2, 2015)
MUSCLGY 599
Guidance of Ph.D. Dissertation Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
Course taken: Music 68. If you're wondering if you should take the Beatles class, TAKE IT. You really learn a whole lot from Upton's class and classes a... (March 27, 2013)
MUSCLGY 599
Guidance of Ph.D. Dissertation See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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Course taken: Music 68.
If you're wondering if you should take the Beatles class, TAKE IT. You really learn a whole lot from Upton's class and classes are usually really enjoyable! Readings are not really necessary as long as you attend lecture and discussion. Upton's teaching style is a little erratic at times, she tried to teach us a little music theory stuff which we were never tested on. She went off topic a little on LSD and Yoko Ono but besides the class was a real treat. Grading depends a lot on your TA, Thompson is great. I heard of some TA's that knocked off points from the midterm/final for silly things such as mispelling names/places/etc. If you love the Beatles, you'll love this class. If you don't love the Beatles already, you will when you take this class.

(March 27, 2013)
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