Graduate Composition Seminar

Syllabus - Fall 2020 (V.1)

Identifying problematic techniques in developing compositional craft for research, presentation, and discussion.

Required Texts:
Rutherford-Johnson, Tim. Music after the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989.
(University of California Press, 2017).

Materials Required: Optional Material: Grading: Office: Office 221/Lab 147/Studio 340/Lair 231
Office Phone No.: (352) 273-3176
Office Hours: see schedule
Professor: Dr. James Paul Sain [email]
Listserv (closed):

1) Late work is not accepted.

2) Attendance is required at all classes. Should a class be missed, it is the student's responsibility to see that the lecture notes from the missed class are obtained from a classmate and any work assigned is completed by their return (a class list will be supplied to help facilitate this policy). After three (3) class absences your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each absence after three (ie A to A-, or C to C-). Your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each UnBalanced Connection concert missed. Each missed concert or presentation will also result in a reduction in your grade by one increment.

3) Plan early for your projects...things have a way of happening at the last minute.

4) The requirements, emphasis, and timing of this course may be changed or adjusted to meet the specific needs of the class as determined by the instructor.

5) All students of The University of Florida are expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable and professional manner at all times as described in the Student Honor Code; please refer to The Code for specifics.

6) UF Software Copyright Policy: All faculty, staff and students of the University of Florida are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against the University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

7) UF Counseling Services - Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance.

These resources include:

     a. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
     b. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
     c. Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
     d. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling;
     e. University Police Department 352-392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies).

8) Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office in Peabody Hall. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

     a. Disability Resource Center 352-392-8565.

9) Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students

10) My virtual office door is always open; please feel free to send me an email so that we can discuss class issues as the need arises.

Grading Scale:

Course Outline

Week 1 (3 Sept)
Week 2 (10 Sept) Week 3 (17 Sept)
Week 4 (24 Sept)
Week 5 (1 Oct) Week 6 (8 Oct)
Week 7 (15 Oct)
Week 8 (22 Oct) Week 9 (29 Oct)
Week 10 (5 Nov)
Week 11 (12 Nov)
Week 12 (19 Nov)
Week 13 (No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday)

Week 14 (3 Dec)
Week 15 (No Class - Reading Day)

DISCUSSIONS/READING: Readings and discussions on "Music after the Fall."

COMPOSITION PROJECTS Solo compositions for each visiting faculty performer during the course of the class.

ONE-ON-ONE OPERA (OOOO) "MICROpera" PROJECT: A work for solo or duo vocalists to be presented via the Internet. Composition of score, parts and other resources necessary for the premiere of the work in the spring of 2021.

SAFETY HINT: Always keep several back-up copies of your work on multiple disks; if you have a personal Macintosh you may wish to keep one copy on your personal hard-drive. Do not use the labs'/studio's hard-drives as personal storage devices. All drives are regularly cleaned of all unauthorized software, files, and documents.

HEARING SAFETY: It is very important that the student of electroacoustic music be aware of the listening environment in which they are working. The studio environment can, if used improperly, subject the listeners ears to unhealthy sound pressure levels. For more information and links to web sites about hearing health click here .

- last update 17 October 2020 -