Pretty easy, overall.
I think as a GE, this class is a really good pick. There is no homework, class is not mandatory, and the midterm & final are very easy if you memorize terms, eras and their affiliated styles, and listen to the music on the list. Although class is not mandatory, there is much to learn about social movements, female artists, and music in general in the lectures. It also doubles as a class you can take for the Feminist Studies major, so that's a bonus as well. The professor is very passionate as a musician herself, and her guest performances were amazing. She brought in such a variety of music genres, and delved deeper into the genres/styles and artists many are familiar with. Material covered in class is easy to take in because she's very good at capturing attention & emotion through the music she plays and in the way she formats lectures & chooses information to include.
Highlights would definitely include the new music I was exposed to, and the really interesting information I was given on artists and genres. Some of my favorite songs today have come from this class & I still have my notebook because of all the good artists and songs that were mentioned. Although the course is called "Women in Music," Kumiko Uyeda does talk about some of the great male artists when introducing a genre or when speaking on how a movement was progressed by certain artists or styles of music. The guest performances that she brought were so interesting, & it became apparent that Kumiko really only invited artists who's music and art was aimed at making the world a better place in some way or another. She once or twice played with two other women that she sometimes performs with, and she brought artists from different countries as well. I liked that this class had a heavy focus on social movements, and exposing students to deeper understanding of music. She let her TA's lecture at least one day out of the quarter each, and none of those lectures fell short. The lectures were captivating because the TA's chose to speak about their own PhD subject, so there was a lot of passion and specifics going into the lessons. Also, there's a few extra credit opportunities!
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Class is not mandatory, but students should go to take good notes on the terms she introduces each day, and the artists and songs that are played each class meeting. That being said, every thing that appears on the tests have been covered in class ( song recognition, terms, & eras artists thrived in) and Kumiko (professor) will even review with students and guide practice quizzes in class. Review sections are very helpful especially if you've missed classes, and her TA's are typically very helpful as well.