TAKE THIS COURSE! There are substantial weekly readings but you will get so much out of the class. Rieder is clearly passionate about the music. However, the class is about so much more than music. Regardless of whether or not you agree with him, you will be forced to engage with issues regarding race, identity, how we define them, and what that tells us about society as a whole. I looked forward to this class every week and genuinely felt the expansion of my ideas and opinions over the course of the semester. Rieder is an incredible professor with an incredible amount of knowledge to give.