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

“Grasso's 'Oh-Shit Moment' and Music as Distraction in Video Games”

  • Film and Multimedia Interest Group Meeting, Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, November 8, 2019.

“Overlapping Gestural Zones and Modulation on the Fifteen-Tone Guitar”

  • International Interdisciplinary Conference on 21st-Century Guitar Composition, Performance, and Pedagogy, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, August 24, 2019.

“What is it Like to Be a Dolphin? Echolocation and Subjectivity in Video Games”

  • North American Conference on Video Game Music, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, March 31, 2019.

“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
17452 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 08:30 AM - 09:20 AM Available
No Description Available
18035 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available
No Description Available
19650 MUT4401 Counterpoint Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Available
No Description Available
19651 MUT5445 Counterpoint Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Available
No Description Available
18364 MUT6621 Tech & Conc Musical Analysis Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93389 MUC4106C Composition Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) M 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89665 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 08:30 AM - 09:20 AM Available
No Description Available
90357 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available
No Description Available
90185 MUT4031 Review of Music Theory Face to Face Instruction (P) M 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2019.

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

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