AP Music Theory
On-Line for the 2016-2017 School Year
Teacher: Mrs. Melissa Makin
The AP Music Theory course is equal to a first year college-level music theory course, covering the material from two separate courses: first semester written skills and first semester aural skills. Within the course, students will study elements of music such as rhythm, notation, sight-singing, rhythmic dictation, keyboard harmony and part-writing all within the historical “common practice period” (18th-19th centuries). Students will study written skills on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and aural skills on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are two goals for this class: 1) that students would be prepared to take the AP Music Theory exam, and 2) that students would have a lifelong ability to understand and appreciate music.
- · Clendinning, Jane Piper, and Elizabeth West Marvin. 2011. The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition). New York: W.W. Norton.
- · Clendinning, Jane Piper, and Elizabeth West Marvin. 2011. Workbook for The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition). New York. W.W. Norton.
- · Anthology for The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition).
- · Crowell, Benjamin. Eyes and Ears: An Anthology of Melodies for Sight-Singing. (http://www.lightandmatter.com/sight/sight.html). If you download this text, it is free. If you wish to have it in paper form, you can order it for a minimal fee.
- (at the end of the year) A sample exam of the AP Music Theory. This is available for about $5.00 from either the PHAA website or the AP website.
- MacGamut6 for Mac and Windows. This ear-training software program must be purchased online ($40.00) from http://www.macgamut.com
- Adobe Reader: the most recent version of Adobe reader can be downloaded for free from http://www.adobe.com
- Scanner and scanning software.
- An audio program to record your voice and send to me as a file via email.
- Skype. This is a free program available for download at http://www.skype.com(this is for live chats/testing over the internet).
- Computer microphone
- Internet Explorer for web browsing. This is important, as the quizzes on the class website will not open with other browsers!
- Finale Notepad: available as a free download at http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/default.aspx
- High speed internet. Phone lines or satellite will not accommodate the musical files and graphics used in this class.
- Operating systems: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows
TECHNOLOGY AIDS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS:
- http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/music/musictheory/premium/. This website complements the textbook we will be using in class, providing review materials for the student such as flash cards, interactive scores and audio, and “Web Facts.”
- www.musictheory.net. This site provides an online review for music theory topics which can be found at Ricci Adams’ interactive tutorials.
- http://www.metronomeonline.com. This site provides an online metronome.
- http://www.blanksheetmusic.net/. A site to print free staff music from.
Since this course covers the equivalent of two college classes, students can expect to spend about 10-15 hours a week on the material. Mastery of the concepts will only come with continuous student and effort. The “bottom line” is that you will get out of this course what you put into it. Also, the time you spend may be different from week to week, depending on how fast you grasp a concept.
- Every week you will email me your homework. .PDF files are preferred, although Word documents work as well.
- Late homework will have points deducted. I am not responsible for homework that is lost in the “mail.” I will always respond to homework emails that you send me to let you know that I received your files. If you do not get that email from me, then I did not receive your work.
- You cannot email me on the due date or the day after and tell me that your homework is going to be late and ask for an extension. If you have an extenuating circumstance that makes you not able to turn in your homework on time, you must have your parent email me the reason, and it will be at my discretion as to whether or not it is acceptable.
- I am not responsible for homework that is not completed. I check homework within the week after it is turned in, (grading everything at once) and I then send you a grade sheet of your total score. I cannot check your homework when you turn it in to make sure that you finished everything you were supposed to finish. That is your responsibility. If anything is missing, it is at my discretion that it can be turned in after the due date.
- I give you a good amount of homework each week; however, I choose certain portions to grade. You do not know which parts I will pick, so you must complete all the work.
- If you have any questions, you may email me, and I will answer you within 24 hours maximum.
- If you fall behind, it will be difficult to catch up. Stay on the schedule!
- If you know that you will be missing work (due to travel, vacation, etc), let me know ahead of time. You must be able to do the assignments before or during the absence. In special circumstances, I may let you make it up after the absence.
- If you want to make corrections on already graded homework, you must ask me first before turning it in, and it will be at my discretion. I usually let you fix things for a re-grade if there are major problems.
- All homework is due by Monday night at midnight (EST) of the week after it is given. Since this class is online, and I cannot proctor your written tests, you are expected to be honest with all your work. I assume you are not cheating.
Remember, you will ultimately get out of this class what you put into it, and you cannot cheat on the actual AP Exam! Finally, relax, enjoy the class and have a good time learning theory. Others have done it, and you can too! I don't want to "scare you off" with all of the "rules" of the class - I just want to be "up front" with what I expect from you as a student.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
This course is for 11th and 12th grade students who love music, are currently involved in formal music instruction such as choir, band, orchestra and or/private music lessons, and who may also wish to major or minor in music on the college or university level. Ninth or tenth graders who are interested in the class should contact the teacher and will be considered individually.
- Piano or keyboard skills equivalent to a second year of piano study
- Successful completion of the qualifying exam
- Teacher approval
Contact me for the qualifying exam. The exam will cover the basic elements of music (such as pitch names, major and minor scales, intervals, etc), as well as some other advanced musical concepts.
COURSE FEE for Credit Students:
- Early-bird special: $675 (By July 1, 2015)
COURSE FEE for Audit Students
- Early-bird special: $290 (By July 1, 2015)
DESCRIPTION of CREDIT vs AUDIT
Regarding the two options: taking the AP Music Theory Class for credit means that the teacher will grade all of the students work that is not self-graded (workbook and sight-singing, along with anything else that is not self-graded). The teacher also provides feedback for all of the work, and gives grades based on the students' output. With the audit program, the student does all of the work on their own, with no work graded by the teacher that is not self-graded. However, there is an option for the workbook that the student can take advantage of to get grades and feedback for that through a website for that purpose. If you would like to know more about either of these options, please feel free to email me.
I have a B.M. (Bachelor of Music) degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, with a double-major in Music Education and Music Composition. I also earned a M.M. (Master of Music) degree in Music Education with a concentration in Music Technology from West Chester University, West Chester, PA. I was a full-time music teacher at a Performing Arts Charter High School for three years, and also taught private piano and beginning guitar lessons for several years. This will be my sixth year teaching online AP Music Theory. Ninety-five percent of the students who have taken this class score a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam (5 being the highest, and 3 being a passing score).
As an online class, this course will run differently than a “live” course would run. Much of the progress a student makes will be dependent on that individual student. Audio or video lectures for each week are available for each week.
Assignments for the week are posted on the class website, and a syllabus is emailed to each student at the beginning of the year. If there are any changes, I will email you. All homework, unless otherwise noted, is due by Monday at midnight EST. For written work, after receiving a homework assignment, students will read the material in the textbook, complete the workbook pages, and return the completed work to the teacher for a grade. Quizzes and exams will be able to either be taken online or downloaded by the student, printed out, completed, scanned into a .pdf file, and returned to the teacher. Score analysis assignments will also be given using the anthology textbook.
For aural, rhythmic and dictation work, students will advance their skills by using the MacGamut6 software program for drills and repetition of music theory concepts. This will be individual work done by a student. For grades, students will send in their completed MacGamut6 files to the teacher. For sight-singing work, students will use both handouts from the instructor, as well as exercises from the Crowell book, Eyes and Ears. Skype and recorded files will be utilized for sight-singing assessments.
At the end of the course, the students will practice on previous years' AP Music Theory tests.
If a student needs additional tutoring in the class, I will suggest your music teacher, however, I do help with minor issues. Sometimes, a student just needs some extra one-on-one help by sitting down with an individual to have something explained. I cannot personally tutor every student in the class, but I do “look out” for all of my students and make an effort to make sure everyone receives help if it is needed. Many students have done extremely well on their own throughout the years. I have had students who I have rarely heard from throughout the year score perfectly on their AP Exams. It all depends on the students. Remember, this is a self-motivated online class, different from a traditional setting.
Students will be evaluated on their learning progress based on quizzes and exams administered throughout the course. The goal is to have students master the material. Special assignments may be added if the teacher sees it fit to add to the previous assignments, or to give students an opportunity to improve their grades.
- Benward, Bruce and J. Timothy Kolosick: Ear Training: A Technique for Listening. 6thed. McGraw-Hill, 2000
- Berkowitz, Sol, Gabriel Fontrier and Leo Kraft. A New Approach to Sight-Singing. 4thed. W.W. Norton & Company, 1997
- Kostka, Stefan and Dorothy Payne. Tonal Harmony. 4thed. McGraw-Hill, 2000.
- Ottman, Robert W. Music for Sight-Singing. 4thed. Prentice Hall, 1996
- Scoggin, Nancy. Barron’s AP Music Theory. Barron’s, 2010
- Nowak, Jerry. Harmony in Common Practice. 2010
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