Issues and Methods in Musicology
Spring 2021 - I took this class because it was required for the musicology minor. The class is just a 3-hour seminar once a week, with weekly discussion forum posts, a midterm project, and a final project. The final project is pretty open-ended: you can choose to do a podcast, video shorts, or traditional paper on pretty much any topic of musicology that you want to do. You also are required to "lead" discussion with a group once during the quarter for about 1 hr-1.5 hrs. I found this class pretty difficult, especially because I didn't really have a lot of background knowledge for the specific topics that the professor focused on a lot in class (ex. punk music) and found that it was pretty difficult to contribute to discussion because I felt out of place (although being on Zoom might have contributed to it). During the later weeks, there were musicologist guest speakers that came in, which I thought was pretty cool at least. I was expecting more of an introductory-level course to what the study of musicology is, but I thought this course was disorganized, disjointed, and I'm not too sure what exactly I learned after ten weeks. Probably wouldn't recommend taking this class unless it's required for your major/minor.