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Paul Fischer
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
Recording Industry
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4.1552****
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Rated by 58 students
2.49
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across 5 classes
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
2**
Fisher is a nice, funny guy, but he is also the worst professor I've ever had. As mentioned earlier, his tests are based on memorizing details instead of important material. His tests are very difficult and misleading. I also noticed that he talks down to students at times when it comes to how well they did on an a test. One time, the average grade for the class on a test was a low C. He smiled and said that he was glad that the students 'did well' since low C's are always the average grade on his course. When students work their butts off to get a good grade and get a low C, that means there is something wrong. I would rather be eaten by crocodiles than take a class with him again.



Exams: The tests were graded fairly but the material tested was not clear at all. You are to memorize lots of names and dates. Tests were too detailed oriented instead of relevant info. When I took this course, at one time the highest score on a test was a 90, out of over 215 students that took the test at the same time (same section)! The majority of the students got D's and F's.



Homework: Reading two books that are boring as hell.



Textbook: You have to read two books that are boring as hell. However, you gotta read them, if not you flunk because the tests are mainly based on unimportant details found on these books. For example: 'What is the name of the dog used for RCA's logo?' Who the hell cares for that stupiud dogs name!? When I go out to work in the industry I would never need to know over 95% of the stupid stuff we had to memorize for this class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 1, 1998
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
if you want an A...read. I made an A in this class, but it was hard. I read the entire book, cover to cover. i missed class one day, and luckily it was a film day. the final is actually pretty easy if you go over the previous tests w/ fisher. he doesn't go out of his way to help you succeed, which is good, you have to want to make a good grade and you have to study. the test questions can be very very detailed and have small parts that tip you off as to the answer. he is good about giving you more than one clue in the question. overall, i love this professor, but not because he was easy, but because he made me learn and work hard. he knows his stuff and will teach you everyhing you need to know for this course, but you can't just expect himto hand it over. he's good at weeding out the people who only want to be given candidacy and don't want to work for it. and for that i'm pretty grateful.



Exams: questions are very indepth. some are a bit tricky. actually they are really tricky. goto class, listen, take really really good notes. study w/ friends. pay attn. go over the material several times the nite before a test. DO NOT miss a review day. i'd say 65%-75% comes from notes and the rest from the book.



Homework: read. read. read.



Textbook: the book is actually pretty interesting. it has boring parts but can be interesting. you won't need to know any song forms or anything that detailed. but names especially. know the major players. know the major companies and changes that affect the industry. anything talked about in class and in the book will prolly be on the tests.
Professor rated by: Student on January 19, 2006
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
Dr. Fischer is AWESOME. His lectures are well done and really interesting. Sometimes he will tell battle stories from his own experiences in the industry. He knows a lot and made me REALLY interested in history. This class is easy if you read the text, do the work, and commit the appropriate amount of time to the class. Fischer is a lot of fun and will surprise you some days with his antics (aka on Halloween...) I want to take him for free expression.



But beforewarned--there are a lot of nitpicky questions on the tests so learn names and dates. Names and dates will be WAY more important on tests than general concepts. (After this class you can be a trivia master!)



Exams: Not bad. A lot of picky stuff. I know some people got thru the class without the text. But I recommend that if you want to get A's on the test and do well on his pop quizzes then you need to read the book.



Homework: None.



Textbook: Again, he will give pop reading quizzes, and there will be some super nitpicky questions on the test from the text. If you make friends with someone who is willing to share their notes and book then you will be fine.
Professor rated by: Student on January 11, 2006
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
This was an honors class for me. I could not imagine taking this in a 300-something+ class environment. He comes off like he's kinda scary but he's actually very cool. He'll keep you interested if at all possible but some of it's very boring. It's kind of confusing on what to take notes on, and even though he'll throw some trivia in on the tests, mainly he's concerned about how things developed to get us where we are now. Take good notes and be prepared to write like a madman during the review sessions. He won't go over everything on the test during the review, but he'll hit most of it. I'd recommend that you study your notes after every class to keep things fresh in your mind. Dates aren't an issue for the most part. But be prepared to know the whos and whats and wheres of the information. Good luck!



Exams: Know your details! Not easy to prepare for. They were all multiple choice though.



Homework: There was one presentation, otherwise it was just reading the text.



Textbook: Two texts.. one was insanely boring.. the other was full of tidbits of information about the evolution of music.
Professor rated by: Student on January 6, 2003
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
I LOVE Dr. Fischer! I'm taking him again this semester for Concert Touring and Promotion. He is an awesome teacher. His lectures are absolutely riveting. He tells great stories to really hold your interest, and he is quite a funny guy with a great sense of humor. He can be scary the first few days but that's just to scare away the slackers. He likes people in his class that are there to learn and enjoy. Very cool guy. I highly recommend.



Exams: They weren't that hard if you paid attention in class and took notes. He gives very specific clues on the questions that help eliminate most of the choices. He just asks the most important things that you talked about, especially in the review he does the day before the test, and there are no specific dates, just years. It was the easiest tests I took all semester, I was usually done in about 15 to 20 minutes.



Homework: None, just reading the chapters in the book, which were pretty interesting, it gives a lot of insight about music over the years.



Textbook: Great structure, pretty interesting information about the music from the past 100 years.
Professor rated by: Student on January 23, 2010
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
Fischer is an excellent professor. He keeps you interested and he has some very good and even relevant (!) stories. He answers all questions thoroughly, or else tells you not to worry about it. He takes attendence every day except the days he gives pop quizzes. Those suck, they're only 5 questions and I had a hard time recalling little tidbits of information like that. There are only ten pop quizzzes though. The tests aren't that hard if you spend a little time studying the notes and skimming over the readings. I highly recommend Dr. Fischer. Even though the class had close to 300 students, he kept us engaged in the lecture. There were even times in that class when I laughed histerically at some comment he made.



Exams: He reviews very well for the tests, but you MUST read the material and study your notes. There are lots of names and events to remember, but he tries to keep it minimal with the dates.



Homework: just reading. there's a lot of it, so pace yourself.



Textbook: The test is essential. He covers some of the smae material in the lectures but reading the books reinforces it.
Professor rated by: Student on April 15, 2002
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RIM 4320
Concert Promotion and Touring
4****
Pros: He is a funny guy and keeps his lectures interesting. On his tests he will give you partial credit on the essays for effort. So if you review the notes you can at least pass easily. Also he shows a lot of videos!
Cons: No book is provided. No powerpoints are provided. No notes are provided. He talks, you must write down what you hear. As if THAT isn't hard enough, he talks extremely fast! It is really hard to hear everything he says yet alone get it all written down! Form study groups to compare notes if you take his class! On his tests he will sometimes put questions on there that he never discussed in class. How are you supposed to know the answer with no book or another resources? Who knows! The final is extremely challenging and he puts a lot of information on there that he didnt teach you! STUDY HARD!
You can make a B or C in this class if you for a study group and get all the notes! It is very possible, especially if you work hard! You must be an extremely good listener in order to write down all that he says. Do not take this class if you want an easy A! It is very hard to achieve that!
Professor rated by: Recording Industry Student on December 14, 2011
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RIM 3600
Survey of the Recording Industry
5*****
He did actually teacher better than some of these had said. You probably won't be happy or feel comfortable most of the time in the class, but its a "weed you out" clas, so what would you expect. One thing that bothered me the most was some of the songs we would listen before the class. If you are a Strong faithed Christian, beware of this man! He made us listen to some song called "The Bible is B.S.", and then made you feel uncomfortable if he could tell you where a Christian. Other than that, He was good, and I actually don't know how I made a C in this class!!



Exams: There was also 3 quizes. Those where NOT gradely fairly. I got a 1 out of 10 on one of them and he basically said, "if you got a 1, I do not like you!" Other than that, the tests where gradely Fairly. Just you had to be sure to have everything he wanted.



Homework: There was no homework, just study your butt off!



Textbook: The text book probably would have helped. if I had read it, I probablay could have made a high B or an A in this class! So READ it...or @ least skim.
Professor rated by: Student on May 12, 2003
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
3***
Fischer's lectures are long and boring. He not only requires you to know all the stuff he says in class, but also completely random people and facts from the book. We had 6 quizzes on review days that are completely random questions. He even says himself in class, "most people will get a C in this class". Why would you teach a class that isn't designed to help people learn and pass? To me, it seemed this class is weighted against you to fail or not get a good grade.



Exams: His tests are ridiculously hard. Especially the final, which is comprehensive and requires you to remember hundreds of names, places, and dates. The final is cut and paste from the other 3 tests, but he doesn't give your tests back to you to review.



Homework: Reading the chapters, which you have to do if you want to pass. Half the test material is from the book and the other half from lectures. Way too much material, in my opinion.



Textbook: It's ok, it doesn't really cover topics in recording history that you would think are relevant.
Professor rated by: Student on December 13, 2009
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JOUR 3650
Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
2**
I didn't get my money's worth because I made a B and have to take this class over to recover my 4.0. If you want to drop your GPA, watch alot of blurred porn and hear a mountain of indecent language this class is for you.



Exams: I had a 4.0 unitl took his class. His test are so hard it is impossible to do well. He asks questions he has never mentioned and aren't in the book. He also forgets when designing the tests which questions come from which chapter. Out of 250 people in his class usually only two to three would make an A and not usually the same two or three.



Homework: None, just alot of studying. The sad thing was it didn't matter how much you studied because he would always pull things out of thin air.



Textbook: He said he had given us the wrong textbook at the suggestion of another teacher, and would be going by another book and himself, yet were were still expected to read a book which only held 1/2 of the informatin of the book he was referring to.
Professor rated by: Student on December 15, 2004
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
3***
The guy is laid back. He has this butthole-like attitude which can be funny at times. He gets vulgar & tells vulgar jokes sometimes, but you have to go to class & you must read up or you will fail. *This is a weed-out course, so expect to get frustrated.Stay up on your game or fail. If you're a RIM major, you need this for candidacy. If you fail this course 2Xs, choose another major.



Exams: In lectures, it's hard to differentiate what's important from what's not. Avoid writing EVERYTHING he says. Follow syllabus & read on chapters he'll discuss BEFORE you go to class or you WILL fail!



Homework: Reading before you go to class is a must. He gives pop quizzes the next classtime after an exam, so you must stay ahead of him in order to pass the quizzes.



Textbook: I made a mistake by not buying the book. The class is passable, but if you're NOT a reader-either start reading or DROP THE CLASS IMMEDIATELY and start over the next semester.
Professor rated by: Student on December 1, 2001
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
4****
Fischer is a great teacher. It takes a while for you to get use to the speed of his lectures and how to take notes, but once you catch on you will enjoy his class. Any teacher that can make a history class interesting and somewhat fun is doing a great job.



He gives 3 exams during the year which come mostly from his lectures and somewhat from the book. His final exam is cumulative but it only has questions from the previous 3 exams.



BUY THE BOOK! You have to read the book and take notes on it to be able to keep up with the class. Fischer gives pop quizzes throughout the semester that add up to equal one test. They are very nit picky and hard to score high on because of the open answer format.



He has an attendance policy basically because you will fail the class anyways if you don't go. I learned a lot in this class, but I also worked really hard. I got a B. Fishcer says the average grade for his class is a C.
Professor rated by: Recording Industry Student on April 1, 2011
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
HE is a very interesting teacher, If you dont like people using profanity dont tkae him, he uses it sometimes in his lecture. write everything down he says or just read the text book because he basically is reading his outlined notes from the book. NEVER SKIP A DAY OR IT WILL HURT YOUR GRADE! The best era he taks about is the 60s-80's you watch a lot of movies and listen to a lot of music that he has.



Exams: STUDY FOR THES TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you dont you will fail big time. HE like to ad trick questions like; Which of these guitarist played for The Byrds?

A) Jeff Beck

B) Eric Clapton

C) Jimmy Page

D) All of the above

E) Jack Bruce

the answer is D) all of the above because Beck, Clapton, and Page all played for The Byrds, Jack Bruce played bass for Cream



Textbook: YOU MUST READ THE TEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!!! he gives pop quizes all the time so be sure to read the night before.
Professor rated by: Student on May 14, 2006
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RIM 4320
Concert Promotion and Touring
5*****
I LOVE Dr. Fischer. I said that in my last review of him as well but he never disappoints me. He was much more laid back in this class and it was a lot of fun. He was in the concert business for a long time and he has a lot of great stories to tell. He teaches you what you need to know and is very understanding about student life and our class issues and he will work with you and make sure you understand what he is teaching you. I haven't found a better professor yet.



Exams: There were 3 or 4 quizzes over the worksheets he taught about. There is a LOT of math involved. I do mean a LOT. But, he does give partial credit and his tests really aren't that hard.



Homework: There was one paper you had to write over a concert video, (i.e. The Last Waltz with The Band or Freebird Live with Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Around 3 pages, double spaced, not a big deal.
Professor rated by: Student on May 11, 2010
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JOUR 3650
Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public
3***
the professor is cool at times but if your not interested in subject matter it can be a real test sitting through his class the whole time. HE takes attendance everyday but there are like 150 students so i advise you to take the course with friends to take some pressure off of you. HE shows 2 films one on porn industry and indencency and one with south park.. HE is okay overrall but his tests will be killers if you don't study..



Exams: his tests are extremely difficult you can study and study and he pulls out different ?'s out of the air that he may not have talked aoubt in class.



Homework: no homework..it is just mandatory in order to pass that you have good notes and read the book..



Textbook: the textbook sucks there was a lot of things he talked about like cases that weren't in the book...
Professor rated by: Student on December 16, 2004
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
5*****
Pros: He really cares about the students. His class is really interesting and not totally boring like a regular history class.
Cons: His class is tough but it's worth it. You have to read the book, study with other students, and take really good notes. I recommend recording his lectures.
Fischer is awesome. I got a B in his class and worked my ass off for it and pretty proud of it considering his class average is a C. There are no big projects required. We did one "report" by which I mean drew a dude's name, came in with a bio sketched out on paper and be ready to talk briefly about the guy. The rest of grades are quizzes (which are really tough but don't affect your grade much) and the 4 tests. Overall though, I never missed a single class of his because I enjoyed it so much.
Professor rated by: Recording Industry Student on May 17, 2012
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
4****
Pros: Funny and interesting take on the music industry



Not afraid to criticize the music business



You will learn more in this class than you will the rest of your college career
Cons: Average grade is a C



Reads from prepared notes so you better type or write fast



Dates are a necessity to remember



Will not go over 30% of whats on the test, you have to read the book
Mr. Fischer is hard.... he's sarcastic... he's cynical..... you're in college so buckle up! The amount of knowledge that Paul has is remarkable and I plan on taking him again in my future RIM classes. If you are offended by foul language... yeah you might not like Paul. If you can take the time to study hard or be able to take the GPA hit, take this class because it will benefit you in your future RIM classes.
Professor rated by: Recording Industry Student on December 11, 2013
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
2**
This cousre should be cut out of the curriculum, along with History,unless of course you are a history major, and all the useless electives we are forced to take.



Exams: Test review will roughly cover 70% of what will be on the test. I advise you to read the book days in advance, because the quizes are what will make or break you. There are 10 of them worth 100 pts, most of the quest come from the book on issues that he may or may not have covered in the class just yet. READ THE BOOK!!!!



Textbook: Boring as hell, I've yawned so much, trying to take in useless information. Just like the majoraty of the courses that students are forced to take, this one also does not benefit you any unless you are going to be a professional trivia contestant.
Professor rated by: Student on January 11, 2006
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
3***
I hate Fischer. At first I thought, "Yea he is hard but at least he seems like a cool guy..." wrong! Fischer doesn't give a crap about his class. Take someone else. Fischer is an extremely opinionated teacher and is pointless to even try to learn from. I hope he retires soon or moves.



Exams: His tests are hard and half of the questions that are on the test he does not go over in class. You have to read and memorize the book from front to back and the chapters are long as crap.



Homework: READ READ READ READ READ. Regret taking Fischer then READ READ READ.



Textbook: The textbook is good. I just wish that Professor Fischer would have actually went over it's material rather than read what sounded like an essay he wrote to teach the class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 10, 2008
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RIM 3000
History of the Recording Industry
4****
Do not take this teacher! He is awful! Not only is he a jerk, but he is just too hard! He is rude to students for no reason and he acutually enjoys failing people. I will never come withing 100 feet of his classroom again.



Exams: I cant say the tests weren't graded fairly but I will say the test are not fair themselves. I cannot memorize a whole book. I studied hard but my grades did not reflect that. Only a fraction of what he says in class is on the test. A lot of stuff comes from videos that we watched a week before the test, so of course no one remembers the answers, and the videos are too hard to take notes on because they move so fast.



Homework: STUDYING!!!



Textbook: AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!! Its like a novel not a textbook!
Professor rated by: Student on November 14, 2002
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