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Upton comes off as sweet and caring but in reality she is anything but. If you disagree with her she takes it very personally and gets defensive and mean. I raised my hand during a lecture to ask questions and for clarification and I was met with irritated glare and a response of "Can I just finish this because I'm right." Fantastic, I wasn't doubting that and just wasn't clear on exactly what you are saying.
Here lectures are extremely scattered and even to someone that is a 3.5 student and pays regular attention during lectures, and copious notes, she still did not fully explain her concepts and her midterms, while very fair essay questions, were extremely difficult to answer because she didn't adequately give us the information to fully answer the question the way she asked.
And quite frankly, she's a medievalist but doesn't speak or even know Latin, despite 90% of the her studies being music that is in Latin. In my mind, that's like a scholar of Russian Literature not speaking Russian. Nor does she know how to do the Hand Reading system used by the Boy Choirs of the Renaissance and prior in the monasteries.
How this woman ever got tenure in a major Musicology department is a massive mystery to me and anyones guess.
I wish I could really respect her but ultimately, I really cannot, and really do not think she is worthy or earning of students respect and is extremely unprofessional.I feel more sorry for the other tenure faculty in the department and future students.