There are many good things to say about Aaron Fox, and many bad things. Overall, I think the good outweighs the bad. He's probably one of the two or three most brilliant people I've encountered at Columbia, and this class is a fascinating fusion of almost every academic discipline. (I bet you never thought Marina Cords's monkey sex class would come into play in a course in the music department!) He's also a likeable, very funny guy with a badass-rebel streak. The trouble with Aaron is that he is wildly, hopelessly disorganized. We never started class on time because he was always futzing with his uncooperative laptop; he went off on tangents constantly and talked himself in circles when he was able to stay on task; and we didn't cover half the stuff on the syllabus. But again, he's blindingly brilliant, and he's got a lot of interesting and relevant things to say if you pay close enough attention. And the theory that he did talk about, he explained very thoroughly and clearly. Also, this was his first time teaching the class, and he threw the syllabus together rather quickly after finishing a book over winter break. Some suggestions for the future, for whoever's reading this: 1) the class should meet once a week for 2 hours, not twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes. If it met on a seminar schedule, Aaron's digressions wouldn't eat up entire class meetings, and we'd be able to delve more deeply into the difficult theory presented here. 2) Integrate the theory and the empirical reading. All the reading before spring break was theory, everything after was empirical. The thousands of pages of theory, bereft of context, were overwhelming, especially for those in the class without a strong anthro background. 3) Narrow down the course content. "Music and language" is an exceedingly broad topic, and I doubt that even an organized professor could have covered all the ground that Aaron tried to. Overall, despite the frustrations, this is a good class for those with a SERIOUS interest in musicology on a very abstract level. Those looking for a random cool elective will probably find it tedious.