I want to start by saying that she is a sweet professor, there is no doubt about that. She comes prepared and knows her stuff; however, if you are not already familiar with Western culture, then this class might not be for you. I don't want to sound critical, but she doesn't teach on an introductory level. She assumes that the whole class is on the same level, and ignores that half of Columbia students are international and don't necessarily know about Western art. I am not a westerner, but i truly wanted to learn about the culture in an effort to better understand the people of Europeans decent, but i was not able to achieve that because i felt like i was in an advance class. Hence, if you have no background in Western music, then you might be better off going with another professor. Moreover, she is a harsh grader, she ruined my GPA. Another reason is that if you care about your GPA, don't make the same mistake i made and think twice register with her.
Anne is amazing. She comes prepared for every single class, which results in a well structured course. Participation is a big part of it, so you should really try to speak up as often as possible. The atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive, so even if you're shy, there should be no problem. Beyond Anne's teaching style, she's just a genuinely nice person and seems to care a lot about both the class and her students. She definitely wants you to succeed. Be warned about the 8:40 time slot though. I am not a morning person, so there were several times when I overslept.
This semester was her first time teaching Music Hum, and I must say, she did an excellent job. Her teaching style is very coherent and it's obvious that she knows her stuff. Anne is also a sweetheart and will never make you feel intimidated or belittled; if you make an argument in class that isn't necessarily correct as a whole, she will very nicely tell you why that might not be the case while still finding a way to appreciate your argument and point out the parts that were correct. Her class is very participation-heavy; she will call on you if you do not volunteer, but do not let that deter you because she provides a very comfortable environment for dialogue. As long as you make somewhat sense, your point will be accepted since she understands that we are not professional musicologists. She is also a very fair grader and provides extra credit opportunities. I highly recommend her class! Waking up for an 8:40 was less painful than I expected.