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Ana Maldonado
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Music
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4.3191****
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Rated by 102 students
2.93
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across 2 classes
Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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MU 100
MU 101
MU 171
MU 344A
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5*****
MU 101 - Music Appreciation
Prof. Maldonaldo is a wonderful music teacher. I am the type of person who has always been biased against classical music. Prof Maldonaldo was able to show me how classical music has influenced all modern musical genres.
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Professor rated by: Student on 2/21/08
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MU 425 - Life and Death in the Arts
Professor Maldonado, while very sweet and accommodating, did not impress me on an academic or scholarly level. The course was very easy, and I felt like the bar was set extremely low, and coasted through with an A purely by doing the assignments.

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Pros: -Easy course
-Nice person
Cons: -Disorganized
-Appears to have only a layman's knowledge of most things discussed in the course
-Most of class feels like a waste of time, I learned very little, if anything, over these 10 weeks
Professor rated by: Finance, Real Estate & Law Student on 1/6/16
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
5*****
Prof. Maldonaldo is a wonderful music teacher. I am the type of person who has always been biased against classical music. Prof Maldonaldo was able to show me how classical music has influenced all modern musical genres.

}Prof. Maldonaldo has a fettish with youtube. Most of the clips she shows are on youtube. She also uses the sound system frequently to help the students listen to different types of music. Her lectures are based on musical history and how time eras affect the way music is produced.

}Maldonaldo's tests are very easy. The lecture before, she does a review with the whole class, going over all the questions that will be on the test.

}One of the highlights I've had in her class was when she brought in musical guests to feature their instrument and their music. Prof. Maldonaldo herself plays the cello which towards the end of the semester, plays a couple of songs for the class.

}Maldonaldo has taught me to have a great appreciation and value for all music genres in our modern culture. You can tell that Prof. Maldonaldo takes great pride in her work.

}On the downside, her classes can be boring at times and uninteresting. She does take random attendance and makes you attend four musical performances from Cal Poly or professional musical performances.

}Overall, I would recommend Maldonaldo to anyone who takes a great interest in music.
Professor rated by: Student on February 21, 2008
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MU 425
Life and Death in the Arts
2**
Pros: -Easy course

-Nice person
Cons: -Disorganized

-Appears to have only a layman's knowledge of most things discussed in the course

-Most of class feels like a waste of time, I learned very little, if anything, over these 10 weeks
Professor Maldonado, while very sweet and accommodating, did not impress me on an academic or scholarly level. The course was very easy, and I felt like the bar was set extremely low, and coasted through with an A purely by doing the assignments.



In the lecture, you're expected to write notes, along with your reactions, which you will turn in along with your responses to selected readings in a journal at a few points through the quarter. In addition, you will also write responses to one concert, and one art exhibition (e.g. a museum) and turn those in with your journal. A few group projects are required, where you will create a power point and present different selections of art revolving around a certain theme.



Maldonado's lectures are fairly disjointed and basically involve her reading through a very shallow and basic list of notes on a wide variety of topics. For example, in one lecture, she covered dozens of religions, only giving a sentence or two to each religion, going into very little detail on any of them in particular, giving a hugely simplified view that is ultimately no better, or perhaps less than what one could accomplish with a few minutes of searching Wikipedia. Unless you have the global awareness of a kindergartner, everything discussed in this class will be old news to you.



A considerable portion of the classes are dedicated to student presentations. As has been my experience with most student presentations in GE courses, the vast majority are abysmal. They are usually last-minute, slapdash collections of images presented by students who could not care less about their chosen topic, spending the entire time reading off the screen or note cards. It does not help that Prof. Maldonado's instructions are incredibly vague and have very little actual instruction on what to do. These took up what seemed like 10%-20% of the total time spent in class, and were an absolute waste of time.



If you need an easy 4-unit course to pad out your schedule, MU-425 is a good choice. If you want to learn something, look elsewhere.
Professor rated by: Finance, Real Estate & Law Student on January 6, 2016
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
5*****
Pros: Class time = movies, audio clips, and vocabulary words.
Cons: study guide for each exam is spoken to the class on "review days" so be sure to take note of everything. certain questions aren't told in the guide so be ready.

i had a lot of fun in this class. very easy 4 units.



lots of movies, audio clips. you get to see how the world of music has shaped our world today. maldonado is a cellist and she prides herself on that. on certain occasions she may have to cancel class due to being a professional cellist in an orchestra.



at firs the class may seem boring either because it's a freshman class or maybe because no one really cares. i took 7 yrs of music in the past before college and i acted as if i didn't know anything and i did just fine. this class is purely memorizing musical history.



i didn't even do the reading assignments and my grade was just fine. She tells you anyways of what's to be on the exam. only a few questions aren't told. it's a 50 question scantron and a 5 question identify the song page for extra credit which is worth 5-10 extra points added to your test.



the guide she tells you is mainly vocabulary words that can easily be studied even before the exam if you create the guide well structured enough.



the project is basically go to 4 classical concerts (of which she must approve don't worry she knows a lot of good ones). place the program and or ticket of each concert into a manila folder with your name on the folder and the number of concerts you saw and turn in when ever you're done or on the final. i turned mine in on the 2nd week of school so i didn't have to worry.



be careful don't forget about this project it's worth 25% of your grade. a lot of students forgot their project and it was the day of the final.



I would always recommend this professor.



Total Grade A
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engr Student on March 25, 2012
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
1*
Pros: She is a nice person.
Cons: Disorganized, scatter brained, does not explain things well, and grades hard.
DO NOT TAKE THIS WOMAN. She is scatter brained and disorganized in her teaching method. She does not teach things in a step-by-step fashion. She already expects you to know how to read music and play the piano. She takes role in class by calling on people, and if you do not know what you are doing in this class you will feel embarrassed. She also makes her exams difficult and her exams are long. She is NOT A GOOD PROFESSOR overall.
Professor rated by: Animal & Veterinary Science Student on May 16, 2012
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
5*****
Pros: She's so cute and full of life. With any help you need she'll gladly go over with the entire class.

You'll only need the book if you don't show up to class or you are super unable to learn.
Cons: She does go a little fast. Its not expected to know music prior to the class but it does make it easier.
Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Management & Human Resources Student on March 29, 2015
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
5*****
Pros: -Very easy to get an A

-Fun class to attend

-Gives extra credit

-100 points of total grade comes from music concerts

-Gives reviews for exams the class before the exam
Cons: -Hard to get her attention for questions

-Very unorganized
Professor Maldonado is a very nice professor who really appreciates and understands music. She plays the cello for a professional orchestra and she even brought it to class one day to play it for us. Although she is very unorganized, she still teaches the class many things about music that they may not have known before. It sometimes felt like she was just improvising the lesson plan, however, it was almost always interesting and full of YouTube videos. She plays a lot of music of many different ages throughout the quarter. She has two midterms and a final which are all weighted evenly and gives 20 points of extra credit for being able to recognize music pieces on the exam day. She requires the class to attend four music concerts but does not expect us to write anything about them, so basically it is an easy 100 points out of 400 total. Very easy and fun class. Highly recommend for anyone taking this as a GE. Grade received: A
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on June 18, 2013
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
3***
Pros: - A lot of Extra Credit



Cons: - You have to go to 4 concerts

- Test are hard

- Class is boring

This class is pretty much a history class but on the most boring parts of history. If your not interested in classical music at all I don't recommend this class (Take TH 208 instead easy A and its fun). There are 2 midterms which are worth 100 points. They were all multiply choice but its was still pretty hard, I got a C's on both. The 4 concerts are worth 100 points and the final is worth 100 and is only on the section you learned last and is like the midterms. If you go to all the music events and get at least C's on the test you should be able to get a B. Grade received B.
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on March 26, 2013
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
0
THIS CLASS IS ONLY EASY IF YOU HAD MUSIC BACKROUND I HAD A HARD TIME IN THIS CLASS. SHE IS NEVER IN HER OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS SO FORGET ABOUT GETTING ANY KINDA OF HELP. JUST MAKE SURE U READ THE BOOK AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL OR ELSE YOU BE LIKE ME BE SPACED OUT DURING CLASS TIME AND HOPE SHE DONT CALL ON YOU. OVERALL SHE IS A VERY NICE LADY AND A GOOD TEACHER IF YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO READ MUSIC AND PLAY THE PIANO THIS BE A CAKE WALK IF NOT THEN TAKE SOMTHING ELSE.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2001
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
3***
If you have history with playuing the piano, you will do excellently fine in this class, but if you have no HISTORY in playing piano, then DON'T TAKE this class, its so complicated, i spent nights studying for tests, and the FINAL, and i ended up failing ALL of them, the things she gives us to study for are nothing compared to the test, and you also have to attend four concerts (LAME). Grade Received: C
Professor rated by: Student on December 15, 2008
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MU 425
Life and Death in the Arts
5*****
Pros: Easy A
Cons: Long hours of class
Easy A but alot of letures. She graded base on the journals (the notes that she leture in class), 2 group projects and 2 arts event. If you do all the stuffs that she ask for then you can get an A. I got an A from this clsss. Super easy class no homework, no test.
Professor rated by: Student on December 17, 2015
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
4****
Class layout:

2 Concert Reports

1 Midterm

1 Final

1 Play-piano test



She has a lot of compassion for music and does well in teaching it, too. You're required to visit 2 concerts that must have a live music performed and write at least a page and a half or more. Cal Poly Pomona provides free concerts some usually during U-Hour but you can check the schedule and she gives extra credit if you go to 2 more concerts and right reports (can help in the long run). For me, I have years of experience of learning how to play the piano, but even then when you've done something for such a long time, you forget the basics. So I won't lie, I did struggle a little. She does assign homework but she never checks them, but for someone who is new at learning the piano, it's always good to practice! This is more of a theory class than hands on. Midterm and Final is straight forward, similar to the practice work in the textbooks and also learn to count, and identify notes and symbols on music sheets. She teaches rhythms on the piano and the play test consists of knowing how to count and play those rhythms on the piano and learning to play a small song on hand and another song on the other hand (test is before the week of finals). Her class is straightforward, but head ups it's quite long and boring to those with experience.

Ending Grade; B+
Professor rated by: Business - All College Student on May 10, 2017
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
5*****
Pros: Very nice. Very enthusiastic. Teaches you everything clearly. Shows examples of music. Very relaxed class. Youtube every day! Skilled on the Chello and piano!
Cons: For me no Cons. Towards her.
Overall I give this professor an A+. She knows this class is a GE so she grades very easily. Takes attendance occasionally so go every day or you get 10 points subtracted. One project is to go to 4 musical events and bring pamphlets or agendas of events… very easy. You can go with a friend in the class and submit one packet for both. Test are simple especially if you study for at least 30 minutes prior. Lot of thing you learn in 10 weeks, but she makes it simple to remember. Extra Credit for each test. Grade Received: B+ … I really should’ve gotten an A+, but laziness gets to you
Professor rated by: Technology & Operations Mgmt Student on March 26, 2013
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
5*****
Pros: Easy Course

Understanding

No Quizzes
Professor Maldonado is the sweetest lady ever! She helps you understand the course, she is very easy to talk to and very funny! She has great motivation in teaching music and makes the class very enjoyable. She understands if you need to talk to her about anything, and she is super passionate. The course has 2 midterms, 2 concert reports, and an applied final (play super easy songs for her) and a written final that's super easy! Everything is based off of what you learned in class, and she tells you everything you need to study for!
Professor rated by: Agribusiness Management Student on March 28, 2017
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
3***
Pros: Very passionate about music, sweet lady, and understandable.

Cons: Gives you the simplest terms, and when the exam comes: nothing but advanced wording and extra information.
We watched YouTube videos 50% of the time about the era, music, or composer. She tends go off topic. But she prepares you enough so you can get a high grade on the exams. Also, the extra credit helps, just attend the recitals or performances. Overall, this is was okay, just try ton pay attention and write everything down.
Professor rated by: Liberal Studies Student on March 17, 2015
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
0
I've been studying music for a long time so this class was cake. However, I studied with friend of mine and he just did not understand what was going on. He didn't do all his work and he still passed with a B. She is very good. She is nice and helpful. It is an easy class and you will learn, if that is what you are looking for. 2 midterms, a final, an easy performance on the piano, and you must attend 3 music focused shows. You also have to do a workbook about once a week.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2000
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
5*****
class is pretty fun. she plays several music samples and you get to watch some videos. if you already have experience & knowledge with music, especially classical/serious (which is 95% of the content taught), the class is not very difficult.

each person is required to go to 4 concerts (e.g. on campus concerts - $7 each) and get the programs signed/stamped... no reports.

tests (2 midterms, 1 final) are 50 questions, multiple choice

}great teacher.
Professor rated by: Student on March 13, 2005
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
5*****
Maldonado is such a down to earth person. She is very passionate about music as well as teaching it. She is very good at teaching music and makes it very understandable even if you don't know music at all. The class can get pretty hard so it is recommended that you study the workbook before each test. If you want to learn to read music and play piano, you are guaranteed that you will learn in her class. Take her, she's awesome. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on June 25, 2008
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MU 101
Music Appreciation
4****
She's a pretty chill teacher, lectures a lot, but you relaly wouldn't need to go attend to do well. She has two exams (multi. choice), and a final and you MUST attend 4 concerts. since it's music appreciation, you won't need to write about them, just proof you went. She knows her stuff and she's very sweet. be in class for reviews for exams and just study what she tells you, then you should do fine. current grade:A
Professor rated by: Student on November 16, 2006
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
3***
Pros: if you do the extra credit, it'll add a total of 5% to your final grade.
Cons: the midterms are rough, be prepared to learn nice and hard.
$100 textbook required for class. No homework. Grade is dependent on two midterms and the final. Took it thinking it was going to boost my GPA, but boy was I wrong. if you have knowledge in music, you'll get an A, but if not be prepared to study long hours for the midterms and final.
Professor rated by: Student on December 21, 2018
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MU 100
Introduction to Music
5*****
Pros: She doesn't have a homework grade.

She is very good at teaching.

If you have a question, she'll help you to understand.
Cons: Goes a little bit too fast, especially when there are other students in the class that already know how to play.

Sometimes isn't in her room during her office hours.
Do the homework because she will ask random people to answer them. And be prepared to memorize and play the piano.
Professor rated by: Art Student on February 18, 2013
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