UCF Music Department
William R. Ayers

William R. Ayers

  • Assistant Professor

William.Ayers@ucf.edu
407-823-5350
Campus Location: PACM222

William Ayers is a music theorist whose research focuses on twentieth-century American music, transformational theory, alternative tunings, microtonal music, and music in interactive media. He has presented research on microtonality and video game music at numerous regional, national, and international conferences.

Will is also an active composer. His recent compositions include A Sense of Something Commonplace, a work for violin and piano that was recently recorded by Brianna Matzke and Hajnal Pivnick for the album On Behalf, and his Three Aphorisms, a set of songs using texts by artist Jenny Holzer.

Will started teaching at UCF in 2017, having previously taught at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Music Theory from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (2018)
  • M.M. in Music Theory from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (2012)
  • B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Theory from Belmont University (2009)

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-century American music
  • Transformational theory
  • Alternative tunings
  • Microtonal music
  • Music in interactive media

Activities

Conference Presentations

“Gesture and Transformation in Joel Mandelbaum’s Thirty-One-Tone Keyboard Miniatures”

  • Society for Music Theory, San Antonio, Texas, November 2, 2018.
  • Music Theory Midwest, Western University, London, Ontario, May 18, 2018.
  • Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, March 23, 2018.
  • Music Theory Southeast, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, March 3, 2018.

 “Microtonality and Transformation: Analyzing Easley Blackwood’s ‘19 Notes’ with a Modified Tonal GIS”

  • European Music Analysis Conference, Strasbourg, France, June 28, 2017.
  • Music Theory Society of New York State, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, April 1, 2017.

 “Musical Depictions of Failure in Coherent and Incoherent Worlds”

  • North American Conference on Video Game Music, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, January 16, 2016.

 “Analyzing Narrative in Video Game Music: Topic Theory and Modular Design”

  • Society for Music Theory, St. Louis, Missouri, October 31, 2015.
  • North American Conference on Video Game Music, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, January 17, 2015.

 “Recomposition of Chopin and Narrative Design in Double Fine’s Stacking

  • Music and the Moving Image Conference, New York University, New York City, New York, May 31, 2014.
  • North American Conference on Video Game Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, January 18, 2014.

 “Borrowed Hymn Tunes, Polychordal Sonorities, and Melodic Scale-Degree Qualia in ‘At Sea’ by Charles Ives”

  • Music Theory Southeast, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, April 5, 2013.
  • South Central Society for Music Theory, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 15, 2013.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10520 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face2Face M,W,F 8:30AM - 9:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
11151 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
19336 MUT4571 Analysis 20th Century Music Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
19337 MUT5620 Analysis Twentieth C. Music Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
11605 MUT6621 Tech & Conc Musical Analysis Face2Face Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80544 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face2Face M,W,F 8:30AM - 9:20AM Available

In this course we will continue to develop an understanding of the harmonic language, musical construction, and form of eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century music. Topics include secondary function chords, tonicization, modulation, modal mixture, embellishing harmonies, Neapolitan chords, augmented-sixth chords, binary, ternary, sonata, and rondo forms, and the genres of fugue and variation.

81263 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Available

In this course we will continue to develop an understanding of the harmonic language, musical construction, and form of eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century music. Topics include secondary function chords, tonicization, modulation, modal mixture, embellishing harmonies, Neapolitan chords, augmented-sixth chords, binary, ternary, sonata, and rondo forms, and the genres of fugue and variation.

81083 MUT4031 Review of Music Theory Face2Face M 4:30PM - 5:45PM Available

This course will provide a review of diatonic harmony, chromatic harmony, form, atonal techniques, and twelve-tone techniques, covering most musical styles from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. The course progresses quickly through each topic to cover all the elements in a typical undergraduate music theory sequence.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10553 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face2Face M,W,F 8:30AM - 9:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
11218 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
19009 MUT4401 Counterpoint Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
19010 MUT5445 Counterpoint Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
20291 MUT6621 Tech & Conc Musical Analysis Face2Face Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80579 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face2Face M,W,F 8:30AM - 9:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
81409 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
81206 MUT4031 Review of Music Theory Face2Face M 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
81508 MUT4311 Orchestration Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
81509 MUT5316 Orchestration Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Sep 21, 2018

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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