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NaBloPoMo 2011 - Day Nine
Jeffrey Pout
Today is Day Nine, and I'm currently sitting in my Music History (or more formally Music In Civilization) class.

I should probably be paying more attention to the lecture instead of composing an entry for NaBlo, but the thing is... I can easily find all the information right in my textbook, study guide, and music anthology (collection of musical scores for the pieces we listen to/analyze). So it doesn't really help me to listen to the lectures.

I paid, I dunno... $300-something for this class, and $239 (at least) for my books and the CDs I bought (and these prices are all before taxes).

I could have pretty much just bought the textbooks/CDs for myself, and learned just as much as if I'd taken this class. I have nothing against the professor; she's a really nice lady. However, it'd be nice if this didn't feel like it was just going over exactly what's in the book. Especially when it comes to exams.

The History exams don't have to do with knowledge - they have to do with how well you can memorize. We have three exams a semester (2 mid-terms/tri-terms/whatever you want to call them, and a final), and none of these exams are cumulative. So, the format for this course/the exams is (for example) "Learn chapters 1-10, then we'll have an exam and never speak of them again. Next, chapters 11-20..." etc, etc.

So most of us (myself included) don't remember any of the information we spent time learning, because we immediately push it out after the exam to make way for new information.

Plus, there's so many things to remember - so many names, places, dates, characteristics, musical styles and genres... we have 16 music examples for this exam alone to remember information like composer, genre, century, form, and characteristics for...and that's only the listening part of the exam. There's also a written half, in which we need to remember a whole lot more information. :S

I dunno. Maybe I'm just just being a whiner/complainer, and I need to shut my mouth and suck it up, but it seems to me that there must be a better way to test these things. Like, a mini test every week (as one classmate suggested at our break earlier), with less information? That way it'd be in more manageable to remember everything. Because I'm not the only one who feels like they have to cram right before exam time. No one ever really feels confident when going into these tests. So maybe these ideas do have merit. Or we've all just gone nuts. Who knows? I mean, we are all Music students... and as we all know, most musicians are slightly crazy... ;)


Today's Weird Fact = It's against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas.