Pretty easy, overall.
I'd recommend it for a few reasons. One, Professor Brundage is very knowledgeable, and is exuding with passion for what he teaches. Some may see that as an issue, as one can tell his lesson plans are planned to give what he perceives as the major points, not an objective and through look at the history. Two, the class and recitations are pretty accessible even with minimal reading, so the class doesn't have to be a reading heavy class. Three, you get a chance to see the story arc of American popular music over time, which is quite interesting, at least IMO. Lastly, there is very little homework, aside from three fairly evenly spaced essays that mostly draw on your own experiences and learning in class rather than much research.
I loved learning about the different themes of Popular Music, from cultural authenticity to high vs low culture. In addition, the conversations in recitation about said themes were typically engaging and a great chance to get in depth with the class subject and see what others in the class I thought of it. I was also fond of how much music we got to listen to in class, and see how it changed over time. The final exam before the final few weeks seemed like an enigma but after review and explanation in class, was a pretty solid way to test my understanding.
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For optimal understanding, I'd give the readings a chance. Go to every recitation, as these are more often than not bring the class themes together better than in class. Attend office hours, as Professor Brundage adores the topic and will be able to elaborate on any topic without a doubt.