If you are so fortunate as to be enrolled in Murat's section, congratulations! You will get an A. There aren't really any deadlines or assignment requirements outside of paper length and staying (very very roughly) on topic. And, if you're like me, then you also walk out of the class not being entirely ignorant of major advancements in music history. I actually feel like I learned things without having to bend over backbards, jump through hoops and shit my pants when I get an assignment. If only every Columbia class were so glorious as this.
Professor Eyuboglu is simply great!!! Very intelligent, understanding, approachable. He made the class interesting and fun. He was very good with providing all the necessary information needed to prepare for the assignments/exams. The part about not returning the papers didn't bother me too much because as long as you write what is asked of you to write, you'll get a good grade. Just ask questions if you have them and do the work and you will be fine.
Murat is a great guy and a good teacher. The class was pretty boring for the first month or so, but that is mostly due to how uninteresting the subject matter is. The latter part of the course, with Mahler (Murat's specialty) and more modern stuff is much much more interesting. The exams are incredibly fair, and Murat makes sure everyone knows exactly what to prepare for. The workload is light. It is at 9:00am so obviously class participation wasnt great but Murat made it totally bearable. For a while during the semester Murat didnt give any grades, saying things like "its hard to quantify concert reports" and then in the end I think everyone pretty much did fine.
Murat is such a fantastic guy. Registering for or petitioning to get into Music Hum classes is basically a game of luck, and you are very lucky if you end up with Murat. He really cares about music and about his students, and he's very knowledgeable about all genres. Don't be intimidated by the music IDs on the quizzes and the exams -- Murat definitely goes out of his way to be as straightforward as possible, and if you study and go to class, they'll be easy. From what I understand, the workload is light compared to other Music Hum sections. Whether you're a music person or not, whether you just wanted to fulfill the requirement or whether you wanted to actually learn something, you'll come away from the class knowing more -- though there's a chance that you still won't know how to pronounce his name by the end of the semester.
This section was awesome. Murat was a very chill professor who was energetic and animated during the 9 AM class. Our TA, Alex, was also fantastic. Between him and Murat they clearly answered any question that the class posed. I am a musician, so I probably had an easier time with the material than other students might have. But, it was very clearly presented throughout the term and even though there were a few awkward jumps between eras, I found that the general sampling of music given was good. Murat moves a bit slowly through the material, but it all works out in the end. The grading seemed REALLY generous in my class. Overall, if this is an undesirable class that you simply want to get over, I'd suggest this section, because Murat is awesome and the grading is easy. However, if you want to be intellectually stimulated, this might not be the section for you; we seldom delved deeply enough into the works or the times to have meaningful discussion.
What a surprise! I was just trying to fill another tedious and pointless Columbia requirement when I ended up with Murat. Murat isn't just another of Columbia's countless hacks that ended up in a teaching position, he's a talented musician and composer. And in being so, he's content with simply conveying material to his class and doesn't fall into the mold of oh-so-many Columbia professors who either treat their class as an annoying chore or view it as an opportunity to prove their superior knowledge. Murat is understanding, friendly, helpful and adaptive to the learning needs of his student's. Now, if I could get Murat to teach in the physics department.
If you know relatively nothing about music and want to take care of the music hum requirement in the easiest way possible, this is exactly the teacher for you. He was funny, friendly, reasonable, and I learned a lot from him because he is an actual professor, not a TA (although most TA's are not bad themselves). Taking music hum at 9 in the morning with Murat was well worth it. He usually teaches as a replacement, but if you find out he's available, take his class in a heartbeat.
A nice man and an easy teacher. His quizzes and papers are easier as is the grades. He's a substitute teacher so don't expect a high level of Music Hum instructor, but if you're like most students, Music Hum is one of those undesirable requirements you have to fulfill. The class is very boring, especially at 9 am when I wished I was sleeping, and Murat did nothing to liven it up, but you can't really blame him, that's just Music Hum.