Spring 2022 - This class was very interesting and a great experience if you want to diversify your knowledge of music and cultures. Professor Helen Rees was very understanding and genuinely cared about student learning. It's very common for students to have little to no experience with music before taking this class, and that is completely okay! Though her lectures were hard to stay attentive to, the PowerPoints themselves told you everything you needed to know about the cultural region you were studying. My favorite thing was that in each slideshow, Professor Rees concluded them with a "What you need to know for exam purposes" which included key terms and names to come back to by the time you needed to study. Rees always encourages student participation, bringing in many guest performers and inviting students to come up and play the instrument during the lecture. The class itself is fairly easy if you do the work when you need to. With my experience, I stopped going to lectures by Week 3 and only would go to discussions. As long as you took notes on the lectures and actually listened to the listening examples, you should be good to go. The papers are subjective so as long as you hit all the points/questions asked for, it will be light work. Most people got screwed over with the midterm but all you need to do is mainly study the listening examples (my best tip is to find a distinct factor in each example) and then familiarize yourself with different instruments and artists that are mentioned in the lectures. I also got COVID during finals and was unable to take the final in person, and she was more than willing to accommodate my situation and make the final accessible in a virtual setting which I am very thankful for! Grade Breakdown 10% - 1 open book, in-section reading quiz 20% - midterm 20% - final (not cumulative) 10% - 2 pg musical autobiography 20% - 4 pg concert report 20% - 4 pg textbook chapter critique
She didn't us per say as much as she invited us to learn things. She's an experimentalist in terms of what boundaries can be made about a course and the classroom itself. She added Chi Li as a lecturer and as the assistant for the performance and composition ideas we did for the final project. Unfortunately I was not able to talk to her much because she was the theorist and dizi/xiao player. However, she's really sweet and nice and such a gentle woman that I can not help but recommend her. She has a sexy British accent too.