Lee Copenhaver - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Lee Copenhaver
Department: Music
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Copenhaver is an incredibly intelligent professor who will do anything to help his students pass, but they have to be willing to put the work in. He can be VERY confusing at times in class, so I encourage going into his office hours AS SOON as you get confused otherwise it's very easy to fall behind. He just needs to know that you care.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Copenhaver is the glue in the music department at GVSU. He's a great professor and really loves his job. His lectures are as fun as they are participatory, but that doesn't mean it's easy. The material is presented in a simple manner, but he doesn't hold back any punches. Daily homework. Tough tests. Attendance isn't mandatory, but HIGHLY recommend
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Copenhaver is brilliant and hilarious. His lectures can be a little scattered, he tends to interrupt with jokes, but if you pay close attention you will be fine. He gives all the information you need. He's always willing to give help and is not a super harsh grader. He also has fantastic outfit choices. Wish I had more classes with him.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MU130
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Want to pass this class? Three words. GET. A. TUTOR. I came into theory with virtually no knowledge in the subject. However, the fact that I'd played piano for years saved me. Despite being a hard worker, I struggled VERY much in Copenhaver's class. He is a brilliant man and musician, but his teaching style is abstract and unorganized.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Copenhaver is a great teacher! He's extremely difficult though. I had to have a lot of 1 on 1 time with him so he could re explain the material to me. However, he totally respected me for doing this. So that's highly recommended. He also doesn't pick on you as much if you see him for help. See him before seeing a tutor so you know what he wants.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MUS133
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really helpful.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good professor. Just follow directions exactly.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great guy, but a VERY difficult teacher... be prepared to work. He tends to favor people who have a passion for the subject. Lots of opportunities to improve your grade though. Extremely difficult, but most interesting class I've ever had.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MUS131
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Quirky personality and very interested in what he teaches. Discourages students with hurtful comments and is very unorganized- often misplaces students work (but blames the student).
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MUS131
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The bad: Disorganized, sometimes difficult to understand, and plays favorites a little. The good: Wicked intelligent, ALWAYS willing to help, passionate about theory, and grades things very quickly. Bonus points for his fantastic outfits. But ask lots of questions, get help in office hours, and study with a friend, because tests are very difficult!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MUS300
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. C is one of the most useless teachers I've ever had. He's unorganized, scattered brained his tests are TERRIBLE. Just pay attention and read the book, and you'll do OKAY. Good guy- horrific teacher.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MUS300
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent professor. You can expect tough tests, but he's always willing to help you after hours. he's super funny, but he know his subject. highly recommendable
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MUS300
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This professor constantly belittles his students and is not very helpful.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MUS134
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. C is an extremely intelligent musician who is very good at teaching the complexities of music through easy to understand methods. He is also very willing to meet with students for extra help. He's definitely my favorite music professor at GV. He goes quickly, so pay attention in class.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MUS130
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. C is extremely intelligent and extremely helpful! If you don't understand something, just go to his office hours. He is very funny and loves helping students.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MUS131
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. C is perhaps the best teacher i have EVER had! I am now in grad school and still remember how amazing he was! I had 4 classes with him, one I had failed with another prof. He was brilliant, funny, and made class interesting. Any prof who writes a song to teach you music theory deserves an A+ in my book! He will demand that you try and LEARN.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MUS330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. C is my dad. He cooks me dinner but not during class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MUSTHEORY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty much the most rewarding musical class i have ever taken. Came in knowing next to nothing left with practical music theory skills. The class is not easy but you will gain many skills
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MUSMUS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He acts like a kid in a grown ups body...just like most of the profs in the GVSU music department.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MUS131
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a cool guy and a brilliant musician, but I do not like how he taught this class. He jumps way ahead to things you don't need to know yet which makes it confusing and challenging, and then doesn't spend enough time on what you should be learning. He is very disorganized in his teaching. The homework was often impossible and not helpful.
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