professor
Farzaneh Hemmasi

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

Aug 2009

Unlike many of the professors that are here simply to do research, Farzi is a naturally talented and fantastic teacher. She was very articulate and enthusiastic, and watching her dance to the music each day made me chuckle. She's obviously a little constricted by the Music Hum curriculum, but is really good at teaching the later periods of western art music. I learned a lot and would highly recommend finding a way to have her as your music hum prof!

May 2009

Many of my friends told me horror stories about Music Hum. Awful professors, heavy workloads, bad grades, you get the picture. That being said, I feel incredibly lucky to have had Farzi as a professor. Thanks to her, Music Hum was one of the most enjoyable classes I have taken in my three years at Columbia. She's interesting, knowledgeable, funny, and incredibly fair. She spices things up with in-class performances and relevant videos, and she really wants everyone to learn and succeed. Her passion for music is truly infectious. Thank your lucky stars if you find yourself in her class!

Dec 2008

Farzi was an amazing Music Humanities professor. She explained everything clearly and basically stuck to our textbook, which made it easy to understand what was going on for somebody who didn't know much about music history. Class was rarely boring. Mostly lecturing, but she gave us the opportunity to discuss the more exciting/controversial issues in music history. She brought in live performers for three classes and played a lot of music in class, which made it easy to keep up (especially if you hadn't done the listening homework). It also made it easier to pay attention because there were frequent musical interludes. She also gave us the opportunity to drop our midterm grade and count our (noncumulative) final twice. Grading on the papers was fair.

May 2005

I thought that Farzi was a great music hum instructor. She was not boring, but very straight forward, which is a huge help when trying to descibe complicated terms. She is fair in her grading, and sends lots of tips and study sheets for the midterm and exam. There are no nasty surprises. She also brings in contemp music to compare to the composors we must listen to. This breaks up the bordum of Gregorian Chant or Wagner very well. The class was as enjoyable as any class at 9am can be, and I actually walked away learning something, even if I am still tone deaf.

Apr 2005

Farzi isn't a very good music hum teacher. She always seems bored, she stands in front of the class and throws out random facts, and she's just generally uninspiring. It seems obvious that she is forced to teach this class and resents it. I believe she had a personal vendetta against me, so this may be why I had a negative experience, but she is just generally unpleasant. I don't recommend her.

Sep 2004

Farzi was a great music hum teacher. She made the class fun and enjoyable, and I definitely learned a lot about music. Her tests are straightforward, and she grades them generously. Overall, ideal music hum teacher (especially if you do not have musical background/training).

Sep 2004

Farzi's class has definitely been my favorite thus far at Columbia. I can't imagine a music hum professor who loves music more. She played plenty of contemporary music and videos to keep things interesting. We even had an electronic music day. I don't have much of a musical background but I loved her class so much I've continued to take music classes as electives. She makes it clear what you need to know for the test and offers plenty of help for paper writing. Hers is definitely the class to take: she interesting, fun, and you can get away with doing minimal work.

Dec 2003

Ms. Hemmasi (or Farzi as she prefers to be called) is a phenomenal music hum instructor. She makes the class engaging and interesting (even at 9:00 in the morning!), and does not intend to trick you on her tests. If know the music she wants you to know even remotely, and you understand the basic concepts, this class should be a breeze. That is not to say you should not take it seriously. But if you do take it seriously, you will do well. And considering I believe I am tone-deaf, that is no small thing. Definitely the Music Hum you want to be in to fulfill the core. :)