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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!
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
I took this course because I heard from a friend that this class is super easy. While this is true, what they failed to mention is that the lectures are very dry. The lectures are 2 hours long, twice a week, and this was the only part of the course that I found to be extremely difficult. The reading assignments are not necessary, as Professor Rees will go over the exact same material in the lectures. Professor Rees seems to express her extensive knowledge about ethnomusicology through her monotone voice. There are barely any graded assignments (3 papers). My TA, Tingting Tang, was very sweet and helpful. Would highly recommend choosing Tang for your TA.