Such a nice guy. Encouraged discussion and motivated the material pretty well (I still fell asleep a lot for some reason though and he called me out on it once). Definitely would recommend him if you're willing to try to meet his (somewhat high) expectations
Professor Salinas is an awesome professor. He had something interesting to say every single class and was very helpful/accessible outside of class. Also he had a great sense of humor which is always a bonus. I saw some reviews where people said prof. Salinas is hard to understand because of his accent and that's total bullshit. He speaks perfect English, nice and clear. Do the assigned readings and contribute to class discussions and you'll do fine. Also super important to keep up with the assigned readings because the listening part on midterm and final are pretty extensive. Overall great class totally enjoyable!
Meh...OK so Prof. Salinas knows what he's talking about and I DID learn a lot but...I really wasn't expecting to actually have to learn things in Music Hum. I just wanted to listen to some awesome music! If you're looking for a breezy Music Hum, this isn't the one for you. If you're looking to actually be academically challenged and know your shit, then it's perfect for you! Despite a thick Argentinian accent, Prof. Salinas is a very nice guy and really knowledgeable about the subject of Western art music. That being said, I was kinda pissed that we had to read Plato, Hegel, and other philosophers and music critics in class.
Professor Salinas is an amazing teacher. I never dreaded coming to class because there was always something new and interesting to learn about. He encouraged participation which made discussions much more fascinating. He is very knowledgable in all disciplines. However, the class is quite difficult compared to what my peers have told me of their music hum classes. Be prepared for listening tests, a midterm with 10 listening IDs, 20 MC and 2 essays, 2 four to five page essays and a final. Also, you need to read the readings he gives you before class to be able to participate in discussion and get the full participation grade.
Edgardo is one of the most inspiring and brilliant instructors I've ever had. I registered for the class with no expectations whatsoever, my major is chemistry so the class was initially a dreaded requirement. To my surprise, Edgardo managed to get me really interested in the repertoire, the composers, and the social history that goes with it. After the first couple of weeks I attended each class eagerly, knowing that Edgardo would surely have something provocative and stimulating to say about the music in connection with broader philosophical, social, and political issues. Never thought that music could open new doors to make you reflect or even change your perceptions about art in general, and more specifically about the importance of the avant-garde. I wish every subject were taught with this all-inclusive perspective. Edgardo also assigned illuminating readings by a variety of thinkers: Plato, Umberto Eco, St. Augustine, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Proust, Said, etc., etc. To listen to music in class under Edgardo's guidance was a whole new experience. He's also a very good pianist, and he plays in class, I wish he'd play more often. He was always very well prepared, gave useful handouts, and kept in touch by email regularly sending any instruction you need. The written assignments were fun and involve some creativity and critical thinking (just some 4-5 page written assignments: especially enjoyed the one on hermeneutical interpretation). The exams were clearly structured, no surprises, and he gave additional review sessions for each one. What can I say? I wish there were more instructors like Edgardo teaching other Core Curriculum classes, it'd surely make a huge difference. If you have a chance and you are here at Columbia and want to learn something meaningful about music, art, and history while in college, TAKE EDGARDO'S CLASS!
This class proved to be an excellent experience. Not only did I expand my knowledge on the development of music, (beginning with the Gregorian chants and progressing towards contemporary music), but I also gained a more profound appreciation for music itself. Edgardo's musical expertise, vast intellectual historical knowledge on the subject, and passion for music, is readily conveyed to the class, and attributes to the enthusiasm and participation of the students. Edgardo maintains an open-minded attitude and facilitates class discussion in order to intertwine student thought/opinion into his own lecture. He is readily approachable, cares about his students, and wants them to excel....which, is why if you study, go to the review sessions, contribute to class discussions, and listen to the assigned music, you have a chance to leave this course with a great grade. Knowing little about music and its historical origins before this class, I left with a desire to listen and analyze all muscial genres, and to try to envision the work of the artist/composer behind the musical notes. All I can say is--TAKE THIS CLASS with Edgardo. It is a journey you will not regret!
Professor Salinas is very knowledgeable in his field of study, and he has energy and excitement for teaching. It is quite possible that professional music students might not find his class interesting, because as a core class it is supposed to provide an introduction to music and emphasize its importance in history, society, and the formation and evolution of culture, NOT talk about the tiny technical details that maybe some were looking for. There are other classes for that! I am a science major and didn't feel an initial interest in western music and its development. However, the variety of readings he provided from authors like Edward Said, Plato, and Nicholas Cook really tied in other elements of the core and made for interesting discussion. At times he lectured, at other times he asked students to come prepared to lead a discussion. Perhaps people are so used to taking exams at Columbia that test material one was never taught in class, that they found his exams "easy." They were straightforward and completely manageable if you read and attended class. Can you complain? And I must say, one reviewer said there were "communication issues" and that he was "hard to understand." Professor Salinas was a bretah of fresh air as an instructor that came from Argentina. His English is very good, he made himself perfectly clear, and that comment seems compeletely condescending and uncalled for. Not ALL profs can be WASPs....hope there wasn't too much strain on your ears!! Professor Salinas defenitely helped me attune mine to the importance and beauty of music, if you just give it a chance.
I find the first review of Edgardo completely unfounded. His passion and expertise in music DOES convery very well to any student willing to participate, ask questions, etc. He is friendly, flexible, and approachable. The midterm and final are no suprises and straight forward. The material he presents is engaging enough, and he is willing to discuss any topic that is presented to him. Edgardo also doesn't harp on the technical aspects of the music, so if you've never taken a music class before, or in my case, saw yourself as musically challegened in general, then this is DEFINITELY the class for you. He teaches you enough technical elements so you sound well-versed at dinner parties, and puts what we're learning into real-world settings so we can see how it relates to things in lithum and arthum. The workload is a breeze. Take the class.
I absolutely disagree with the first review of Edgardo. Edgardo was one of the most stimulating instructors that I have had at Columbia thus far. He engaged the class in interesting discussions, and I found that he rarely ever lectured! I had absolutely no prior knowledge in music, either, but I left with a great understanding of both music and how it related to other sociological and historical phenomenon. He related trends to music to trends in literature and art, too, which made the entire core curriculum come full circle for me. I went to class every day excited to be there. Yes, there were required readings for every class, but they were very short, and very interesting. Edgardo is also extremely approachable and ready to help anyone who needed any extra help. I do agree that Edgardo was an easy grader, which was another plus to taking his class. But honestly, in addition to the GPA boost , I got more out of music hum than I ever expected--TAKE THIS CLASS!!
i have to agree ...terrible. The class was boring, communication skills -- hard to understand We listened to what he liked....lots of avant garde music....ugh I went into the class so excited and left completely turned off.