This guy is so likable! Music Hum was pretty challenging for me as I had trouble recognizing things by ear. However, Mahir is so fun and clearly enjoys his job which always makes a class more enjoyable. He doesn't allow computers in class which is totally fine for what we're doing. The material was never dry and many of our assignments were fun and interesting (like seeing live symphonies and writing about them). We were assigned a fair amount of work but not everything was graded and handed back, likely counted more towards participation.
When I was struggling with some assignments and clarity of terms I reached out to Mahir and he was incredibly helpful. He really does want everyone to do well and he spent a lot of time going over my study guides. I sent about three to him and he would correct where I was mistaken, tell me if I was missing anything and re-explain concepts in a new way.
For the midterm and final he gave VERY clear expectations and provided a list (not too long) of songs/symphonies/operas/etc for us to study and then choose about 75% from that list. It made the whole thing so much less stressful.