Mus 115 002 / Spring 2009 / Course Syllabus


Instructor- Robert Nathanson                       

Š          Office-CA 1016

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

Š          Office phone/962-3445 

Š          Email:


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.

Š          To improve listening skills

Š          To learn basic music terminology

Š          To differentiate between musical periods and styles

Š          To appreciate/enjoy/understand music of all styles


Course Requirements




Š          Attendance in class can impact your grade and is the only “extra credit” available.  One to three absences will result in raising your grade one full letter.  Four to seven absences will not change your grade.  Eight to ten absences will result in lowering your grade one full letter.  More than ten absences will result in failing the class.

Š          All work must be completed on time (including tests) to receive attendance credit.


Concert Attendance


Š          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 from the next class after the concert.  The papers should be at least one FULL page, double spaced, 12pt. font, and are to be typewritten (HARD COPIES ONLY, NO EMAILED PAPERS).  Papers less than one full page will receive a two grade reduction.

Š          No. 1 due on or before—March 5, No. 2 due on or before—April 23, No. 3 due on or before—May 5.




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

Š          Reserved reading and listening assignments




There will be two midterms and one final exam. The final is cumulative.


Š          Test I   Thursday, February 5

Š          Test II  Thursday, March 5

Š          Final    Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 am -2:30 pm




Š          Mid-terms  20% (x2) = 40%

Š          Final exam = 40%

Š          Concert Attendance/papers = 20%               


Academic Honor Code

Š          “The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to the proposition that the pursuit of truth requires the presence of honesty among all involved.  It is therefore this institution’s stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated.  Although all members of the university are encouraged to report occurrences of dishonesty each individual is principally responsible for his or her own honesty.”  Please read Section I Academic Honor Code.

Š          In this class, anyone signing the class role and then leaving class, having someone sign in for them or signing someone else in, turning in papers from concerts not attended (or leaving after the first piece or two), and of course cheating on tests are all considered in violation of the honor code. 


Please turn off all cell phones and computers upon entering the recital hall for class.  Thank you.