After reading the reviews about Professor Kelley, I was really excited to take his class Anthro Of Jazz. I was really disappointed. I will try to make this review impartial and describe the class because i really didnt like his teaching style, but it may be ok for others.
The readings in the class were SOOO interesting. I really enjoyed them. But, the class itself was sort of unenjoyable. It was pretty much unstructured discussion, unless you count the movies we watched. I never really got the impression that Kelley came in with an agenda or class plan of certain things he wanted to explain in the class. It more felt like a free for all where people just brought up random things. The class felt very random and disconnected because Professor Kelley called on people in order, making a mental list of the order of the discussion. If someone raised their hand, they would usually end up speaking ten minutes later. The point they brought up would usually not have to do with where the discussion was at that point, but 10 minutes prior. THe result, as I said, was a really disconnected discussion.
Professor Kelley himself is a very interesting teacher. I loved it when he went into his monologues becuase you could see his passion for what he taught. Sadley these were rare and brief. THe class just ended up being dominated by the same students, which I found a bit dull.
If this is how Professor Kelley always taught, then maybe the prior reviewers had a more interesting class makeup, or maybe they liked him becuase his class isnt that demanding. I mean, there is a ton of fun reading, but only one paper and a group project.
If I had another chance with him, I would try again though. I think his style this semester is kinda off.