Not too easy. Not too difficult.
While Professor Dodge is not a bad Professor or lecturer, the lecture always goes by fairly slowly because most of the work is memorization. This means that most of the work can be done at home, making the lecture slightly less useful. There is also a lot of studying involved, especially to learn listenings.
If you are passionate about music, this course gives you interesting background on everything from the development of notation to the evolution of musical form. Through listenings, you are able to actively engage with what matters- the music- instead of only learning dry facts.
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Advice for students:
This course is very predictable in terms of what you need to know for exams, there are no big surprises. The challenging part is handling the amount of things you need to learn. If you spread out the work and keep up on a weekly basis instead of waiting to cram before a midterm or final, you can do very well.