Silverberg seems to have eased up a bit since the previous reviewer. There was no facebook group, and the workload was very light (see below). She was very passionate about the subject and did her best to encourage class participation. She humored every question, was flexible & accessible. She seemed very knowledgeable about the subject & spoke eloquently. However, there was a lot of focus on the formal and technical aspects of the music being played - not tons of fun. I'd say that she is one of the better teachers of a mediocre course, but doesn't have a particularly colorful personality. Keep in mind however that the exams are very memorization-focused. If you take copious notes & have a decent memory, you will do well in this class.