AP Music Theory
Online for 2012-2013 School Year
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.
· 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.
· AP Music Theory Practice Test: this will be ordered in the second semester, and costs about $5.00.
TECHNOLOGY AIDS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS:
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. It must be:
a. All pages condensed to one .pdf file
b. All pages correct side up (not upside down, sideways, etc).
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! J
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.
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.
I have a B.M.
(Bachelor of Music) degree from
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. 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 will be utilized for sight-singing assessments.
At the end of the course, the students will each purchase a released copy of a previous AP Music Theory exam to complete in preparation for the actual test.
If a student needs additional tutoring in the class, I will suggest an online teaching assistant (it will be a former student of mine). If I think that the student is still not making progress, I will contact you and ask you to find a personal, “live” tutor. Some students just need 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.
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.