professor
Velia Ivanova

Jun 2020

Disclaimer: I took this class over Summer 2020, and it was remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Velia is a WONDERFUL instructor! She made difficult to understand concepts easily digestible, was more than capable of facilitating discussions even over Zoom, and made the class an engaging and enjoyable experience. If you're looking for a Music Hum instructor who is engaging, gives a very reasonable workload, and will push you to engage with music in new ways, Velia is for you!!

Jun 2020

*Disclaimer: I took this class in the summer and I took it online because of Covid-19 Velia is a really sweet professor and she is really open to just hearing your thoughts. She never makes you feel bad for interpreting something "wrong" or not understanding the music. She doesn't expect you to be able to be a musician after this class and that is comforting given that I am not a musically inclined person. She is passionate about what she's teaching and just hopes that her students walk away with some appreciation.

Apr 2018

Very enjoyable class! Heavy(ish) workload, but very doable and surprisingly interesting. Daily homework, mainly informative readings , and listenings, 6 unit quizzes (gives a good review sheet before, and the homework correlate with the material for the quizzes) and 6 response assignments (400-500 word mini essays), daily participation and one final exam (discussion facilitated apparently). Really nice and approachable with questions and concerns. Offers extra credit for museum trips and operas!

Apr 2018

If you're in her section, consider yourself lucky. Very low-stress class, highly enjoyable in fact. Amazing professor!