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AP Music Theory

On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year

Teacher: Hannah Jackson


Congratulations to our 2018-2019 class for earning an average score of 4.5 on the AP Music Theory exam!

COURSE DATES: Sept 1-May 21, with the following breaks: Nov 23-27, Dec 21-Jan 1, and a Spring Break (TBD).

The 2021 AP exam will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 12:00 noon. 

COURSE FEE for Credit:

COURSE FEE for Audit:


This course offers the equivalent of a first-year college course in music theory and aural skills. As such, it provides students with a thorough grounding in the core concepts of music theory, including harmony, counterpoint, chorale-style voice-leading, and musical structure, as well as training in musicianship skills such as sight-singing, interval and chord recognition, and melodic and harmonic dictation. Students will learn to analyze written and recorded music, to understand the composer's techniques as they relate to melody, harmony, phrase structure, and texture, and to describe these phenomena with a sophisticated musical vocabulary. We will focus on Western tonal music of the common-practice period (the Baroque through early-Romantic eras), as this music generated and best exemplifies the theory concepts covered in this class.

Along the way, this course will prepare students to take the College Board AP Music Theory exam. Students who score well on this exam may be eligible to receive college credit, and/or placement in a higher-level music theory class in college (depending on the policy of that institution).



This class is structured around two core components:

Material for both components is reinforced and tested via quizzes, module exams, aural skills workshops, and midterm/final exams. Students also complete a final project (focused on analysis or composition) in the spring. 





I hold a degree in music theory from Temple University, where I also studied viola performance. This year will be my fourth teaching AP Music Theory with Pennsylvania Homeschoolers. I'm grateful once again for this opportunity to share my favorite subject with the enterprising performers, composers, and thinkers of the homeschool community.

My background in the homeschool world extends to my own student years, as well as to my work as a tutor in various subject areas. Out of that experience comes my goal for this course: to help families realize their vision for crafting a superior and singular home-education experience. 

Other than teaching and grading, my hobbies include consuming strong coffee, hiking the trails along the Susquehanna River, agility-training with the family dog, and playing board games.

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