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James Kenney
Professor in the Music department
at Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA
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Overall Quality
3.7
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Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
2.7
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05/16/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MUS 116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I found this class to be quite difficult. Gives you a listening list of songs which you must memorize artist, song title, year and album. Has a passions for what he does, shows a lot of music examples in class and shows a lot of 'boring' videos. Attend every class, learn the music, pay attention in class and do the research paper is all.

05/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took this class because I needed to fulfill the fine arts req, no previous knowledge of music required, but it was SO HARD. Had to learn to read, compose and transpose music. Turn in ORIGINAL Composition worth 10% of grade. Learned over 75 different Major/Minor scales, this class is impossible to pass without being present and doing workbook hw.

06/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MUS 116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AWESOME teacher and class!

06/04/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUS 116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took this class awhile back and still talk about it today. It was very interesting. He is very passionate and knows what hes saying. Pretty easy. Very cool teacher. AWESOME class!

10/11/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Mus101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Music Fundamentals can be hard if you don't try to understand it yourself but he will explain everything in class. He really tries to reach out for the class.

05/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MUS103A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, no homework, concert report is a must. To get a good grade, you must study. I didn't study that much so I got a C. Some topics are very interesting, while others are boring. Really knows his music. An obvious big fan of the Beatles and Lady Gaga, among others.

05/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Mus101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor. He is truely dedicated in his music teaching. Music Fundamentals can be difficult if you don't keep up on your text book exercises. I would recommend this class to anyone who likes music.

07/25/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MUS103A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I got a C, (without an ounce of effort) but take no pride in that. I regret not taking the class more serious. Missing class will effect you majorly. The book will actually help you a lot, but you must go to class to get the terms to look up. Concert report required. I never attended a concert and got an A on the report. Mid terms = everything

02/04/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely passionate about his subject, teaches very well. Music Fundamentals class seems difficult, but he concisely answers questions, and is willing to explain in depth.

04/28/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUS103A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kenney obviously loves his subject and he exudes that passion in the classroom. You WILL learn this subject. The class is interesting and easy if you study. If you don't get an "A", it'll most likely be your fault.

04/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
mus116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is the best teacher Oxnard College has to offer!!!Very passionate about music..If you ever liked music you will love it by the time your done with his course...

04/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MUS116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

By far a great teacher.History of Rock n Roll is the best course OC has to offer,if you like music just a little bit you will love it by the time your semester ends.

05/21/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
music101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

very nice teacher...but in music theory if you have no previous knowledge of music, it'll just be harder. he stays after class and is willing to help. midterm is a 2 day thing, but the final isn't. if you do workbook exercises and turn them in u get extra credit..okay class but you definietly have to put study hours.

05/30/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
MUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Passed this class with an A+. The professor just informs you the basic and you have to SELF-EDUCATE yourself in the process. Very easy to understand if you pay close attention to the lectures. It would be a great help if you actually read and DO the bookwork. Midterm & finals was easy because he reviewed them in class. Ask if you don't understand!!

05/13/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
music103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

proffesor kenny is a very knowledable man but he is very strict on his grading. if you miss a class you missed out you need to go to every class session and he is very punctual. listen to the cd's and review for the test.

01/08/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MUS103A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor is one of the best at Oxnard no doubt. He has lots of knowledge on the subjects he teaches. I bombed the first test and still got an A overall. Take good notes and listen to the CDs and you get a good grade.

01/08/2008
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
music116 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Kenney is incredible with his unlimited knowledge on the subject of rock & roll. His main focus is the Beatles. If you do not attend class, you will miss out on a lot of information. Read and take tons of notes. Got a B in his class though I never missed class & read. He is a bit tough but really good. This is what a Real teacher is all about!

07/10/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
music101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Read the book, take notes and you will pass. I took him, did neither, and failed. 2 years later i read, took notes and asked questions, and got an A+. Plenty of students who got Fs but those were the same students who wouldn't show up to review sessions or ask questions. My wife thinks he's "dreamy"

04/24/2007
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MUSIC101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Yeah sure he's funny and everything and great at teaching piano until you take his 101. So many information thrown at you and seem like he's going too fast. Doesn't take the time to ask if we understand the material. Just just from chapter to chapter.

11/30/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Music103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very passionate about music, and made the class fun. Wish I could have taken class piano with him before I graduated.

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