• Instructor: Dr. David Bard-Schwarz
  • Office: MU 104
  • E-mail: david.schwarz@unt.edu
  • MUTH 2500-001 Theory IV Spring 2018| MU 287 MW 08:00 to 08:50; grader; me
  • MUTH 2500-003 Theory IV Spring 2018| MU 321 MW 09:00 to 09:50; grader: Sean Bresemann
  • MUTH 2500-005 Theory IV Spring 2018| MU 287 MW 12:00 to 12:50; grader: Ali Montazeri
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In this course we will study 20th and 21st Century music. We will begin with a discussion of late 19th-Century / early 20th Century pieces that are right on the threshold between chromaticism and atonal musical languages. Then we will move into the course proper, consisting of three sections: 1) atonal (exploring atonal pitch-class set theory); 2) serial (exploring 12-tone techniques); and 3) hybrid techniques (quasi tonal / quasi atonal).

Coming to class regularly and punctually is very important. You will be dropped from the course after three unexcused absences; I take roll at the top of the hour; three latenesses = one unexcused absence. You will be excused from class due to natural disasters, transportation problems beyond your control, medical emergencies (concerning you or members of your immediate family), and official UNT musical activities.

A proven case of plagiarism on a paper will result in an F for the course.

Please dress with a reasonable degree of decorum appropriate for university life.

Grades will be determined as follows:

  • Quizzes (announced and unannounced) = 20%
  • Midterm: (atonality) = 40%
  • Final Exam: (serialism) = 40%

Student Perception of Teaching (SPOT) is a requirement for all organized classes at UNT. This short survey will be made available to you at the end of the semester, providing you a chance to comment on how this class is taught. I am very interested in the feedback I get from students, as I work to continually improve my teaching. I consider the SETE to be an important part of your participation in this class.