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Students are expected to recognize, both aurally and visually, any of the assigned works. Students should be able to analyze at sight any passage that we have gone over in detail during class. Exam 1 will be given on Tuesday, 27 September, and Exam 2 will be given on Tuesday, 1 November. The Final Exam will be given on Tuesday, 13 December, 8–10 a.m. Exams will be given only at scheduled times!


Students are expected to be present and prepared for each class. The university recognizes only two reasons for an absence to be excused: for a religious holiday or a university-sponsored event. I may be willing to excuse a student for professional reasons, but you must ask for and receive my permission ahead of time.

Late arrivals or early departures also count as absences. You will be allowed one excused tardy arrival because of traffic problems. After that, you are expected to have figured out how much time to allow for commuting: further tardy arrivals will count as absences.
A student will lose two points from his or her final grade for each absence and will be dropped from the roll with a WF after four absences of any kind. The 100 points of the final grade are distributed as follows:
Attendance: 6 %

Participation: 9 %

Two papers: 25 % (12 ½ % each)

Exams 1 and 2 25 % (12 ½ % each)

Final Exam (cumulative) 35 %

MA = Morgan anthology

Morgan = Robert P. Morgan, Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America

Simms = Bryan R. Simms, Music of the Twentieth Century: Style and Structure, 2nd ed.

Watkins = Glenn Watkins, Soundings: Music in the Twentieth Century

SSE = Supplementary Score Excerpts (from materials in Union)

SR = Supplementary Readings (from materials in Union)
Aug. 25 Introduction

Aug. 30 Mahler and Vienna at the Turn of the Century

Sept. 1 Ultra-Chromaticism and Turn-of-the-Century Decadence: Salome

Sept. 6 Schoenberg before and after His “First Step on a New Path” (to be continued)

Sept. 8 Continuation of Previous Topic; Lieder by Webern and Berg

Sept. 13 Paris at the Turn of the Century: Ravel and Debussy

Sept. 15 Bartók and Stravinsky before World War I

Sept. 20 Ives and American Music before World War I

Sept. 22 Conclusion of Unit 1 and Review for Unit 1 Exam; PAPER 1 assigned: it will be due on Tuesday, 11 October
Sept. 27 UNIT 1 EXAM

The College of Music complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodation for students who have special needs. If you have an established disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request accommodation, please provide me with a completed Special Accommodation Request form within the first week of classes. My office hours and office number are shown on this syllabus.

For more information, go to this site:
GRADE OF I-INCOMPLETE (from the university web site)

“An Incomplete Grade (‘I’) is a non punitive grade given only during the last one-fourth of a term/semester and only if a student (1) is passing the course and (2) has a justifiable and documented reason, beyond the control of the student (such as serious illness or military service), for not completing the work on schedule. The student must arrange with the instructor to finish the course at a later date by completing specific requirements. These requirements must be listed on a Request for Grade of Incomplete form signed by the instructor, student, and department chair; and also entered on the grade roster by the instructor.”


The university has adopted a new policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. You can find a full explanation at the following:
The bottom line is this: don’t cheat and don’t plagiarize. Cheating and plagiarism are grave academic offenses, and the instructor of this course will vigorously pursue any case of either cheating or plagiarism.

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