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San Diego State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD- Faculty AccessibilityB-
Useful SchoolworkD+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC- Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueD+ University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsC
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Date: Aug 19 2003
Major: Music - Performance (This Major's Salary over time)
The SDSU Music Department is very mediocre at best. If you are a talented musician, this school is NOT for you! Several flaws make this music department one of the worst.

1) A graduated series of Aural Skills (Ear Training) classes are no longer offered. When they were offered, they were NOT mandatory. However, in order to graduate, every music major MUST pass all six parts of an Ear Training/Aural Skills exam!

2) Instead of making Aural Skills and Ear Training mandatory (valuable skills every musician should have), the SDSU School of Music and Dance makes music majors take South Indian Drumming and Latin American Drumming instead. Unbelievable! The drumming courses are totally useless and a waste of time!

3) The Music History class sequence is not given much value or time. Again, the emphasis is on South Indian Drumming and African Drumming. The Music History professor (for the first two semesters at least) teaches trivia facts and nothing else. These trivia facts are what needs to be regurgitated for the exams (multiple choice format). Sample question: Who was Mozart's librettist for his opera "Don Giovanni?" See what I mean?!? Trivia!!!

4) The whole department lacks overall direction and focus. For example, my music theory classes were offered in three different sections taught by three different professors. Each professor went at his own pace and the course content varied significantly from professor to professor. Aren't we all enrolled in the same music theory couse so shouldn't the course content be the same?? Also, one music theory professor let his students do a take-home final exam (yes, you heard it right—a TAKE-HOME final exam!). I thought that was very unfair when the other two sections of the exact same class (taught by two different professors) took in-class final exams! This is the most blatant and glaring example of the lack of direction and focus that permeates the SDSU School of Music and Dance.

5) I am a piano major, and the piano juries held at the end of each semester have been totally hosed up! None of the piano faculty (even my teacher) knew what the musical standards were in terms of scales, arpeggios, and required repertoire. Several of us piano majors were told completely differing things regarding the requirements. There was no focus. The performance standards were also very, very low.

6) Undergraduates are NOT assigned a faculty advisor (at a previous music school, my advisor was one of the music department deans!). Instead, everybody goes to the Music Department Office secretary for advising information and counseling. Unbelievable! I have never heard of a lone department secretary being everyone's advisor!!

I'm sure there are some decent departments at SDSU. The School of Music and Dance is not one of them, however. Again, if you are a talented and serious musician looking for a challenging music major program, then look elsewhere.

SDSU will be a big disappointment.

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