Contemporary Styles

Syllabus - Fall 2019 (preliminary)

Recent trends in music through score study and analysis, composition exercises, and supplementary readings. .

Required Texts:

Optional Texts:

Materials Required: Optional Material: Grading:

Office: Office 221/Lab 147/Studio 340/Lair 231

Office Phone No.: 273-3176

Office Hours: see schedule

Professor: Dr. James Paul Sain [email]


1) All listening selections are from the AFA Library Listening Area; please plan your time accordingly. A lack of planning on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on the part of the library support staff.

2) Late work is not accepted.

3) 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. 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-).

4) Plan early for your projects/compositions/research...things have a way of happening at the last minute.

5) 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.

6) 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.

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 office door is always open; please feel free to drop by to discuss class issues as the need arises.

Grading Scale:

Course Outline

Week 1 (22 Aug)

Week 2 (29 Aug)

Week 3 (5 Sept)

Week 4 (12 Sept)

Week 5 (19 Sept)

Listening Report 1 (via email)

Week 6 (26 Sept)

Week 7 (3 Oct)

Week 8 (10 Oct)

Week 9 (17 Oct)

Week 10 (24 Oct)

Listening Report 2 (via email)

Week 11 (31 Oct)

Week 12 (7 Nov)

Research Paper Due (via email)

Week 13 (14 Nov)

Week 14 (21 Nov)

Week 15 (28 Nov, Thanksgiving - No Classes)

Listening Report 3 (via email)

Week 16 (5 Dec, Thursday & Friday, Reading Days)

LISTENING REPORTS: A written critique of compositions on each listening list. These typed reports should contain objective prose describing the works on the listening list that demonstrates an understanding of the techniques used to produce the work as well as the aesthetic of the composition. Organize and articulate the commonalities an differences in each composer and the composition style they are representing within this course.

RESEARCH PAPER: Ten to fifteen (10-15) page report on an approved compositional technique or body of a contemporary composer's work; an additional bibliography/discography must be included (not included in the 10-15 page count for the body of the paper). See me for approval.

FINAL COMPOSITION: Creative work to demonstrate an understanding and application of the principles and aesthetics discussed and experienced during the course of the semester utilizing the software techniques learned in this course. These projects will be retained/archived. Do not hand in your only copy.

- last update 10 September 2019 -