I.          Instructor- Robert Nathanson                          

                                    Office-Room KE 209

                                    Office hours-by appointment (feel free to talk to me before or after class to set up a time)

                                    Office phone/962-3445 

                                    Email:  nathansonr@uncw.edu


II.          Course Objectives

Mus 115, Survey of Music Literature:  This course is designed to increase the student's knowledge of music through the study of “western art” music beginning with JS Bach and then continuing through, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Copland, Crumb, and Glass. Music characteristics such as dynamics, melody, rhythm, form, texture, genre, timbre, harmony and style/emotion are explored with each piece studied. 

                        A.        To improve listening skills

                        B.        To learn basic music terminology

                        C.        To differentiate between musical periods and styles

                        D.        To appreciate/enjoy/understand music of all styles


      III.          Course Requirements                            

                        A.        Concert Attendance

During the semester you are required to attend three concerts.  You will write a synopsis/observation/reaction of the concert.  The reports must be received within ONE WEEK of the concert.  The papers should be at least one and one-half pages, double spaced, 12pt. font, and are to be typewritten.

No. 1 due on or before—Oct. 27, No. 2 due on or before—Nov. 22, No. 3 due on or before—Dec. 6


                        B.        Unannounced quizzes, one approximately every two weeks.


     IV.          Textbook/Materials                                   

A.        Danziger, Robert, The Musical Ascent of Herman Being 

B.        Danziger, Robert, The Revelation of Music

C.        Study guides (to be handed out in class over the course of the semester)

D.        Reserved reading and listening assignments


V.          Attendance Policy

A.        Each four absences will result in a one-half grade reduction             


     VI.          Exams                                 

                        A.        There will be three mid-terms and one final exam. The final is cumulative.


                                    Test I                        Friday, September 17     

                                    Test II                                         Wednesday, October 20

                                    Test III                                        Friday, November 12

                                    Final                                            Monday, December 6, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm


    VII.          Grading


                                    Mid-terms                                                  15% (x3) = 45%

                                    Quizzes                                                      15%

                                    Final exam                                                 25%

                                    Concert Attendance/papers          15%