On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Hannah Jackson
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An intense three-week seminar designed for students who have taken AP Music Theory, this course will offer an in-depth and hands-on exploration of sonata form, considered by many to be the pinnacle achievement of Western classical music:
"I want nothing better, more flexible or more complete than the sonata form, which contains everything necessary for my structural purposes." -Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata form engages with numerous branches of music theory study, and also with ideas fundamental to the human experience and imagination: departure and return, tension and resolution, instability journeying to stability, wandering and homecoming.
In this course, students will have the chance to hone their analysis skills while interacting with some of the greatest pieces of music ever written, all in an atmosphere of earnest scholarship and joyful camaraderie. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to earn 1/4 credit towards their high school transcript.
COURSE DATES: July 13-31
- Minimum enrollment for this class to run is 6 students; maximum enrollment is 18 students.
FORMAT & LOGISTICS:
- This class will meet three times per week (M-W-F, 1:00-2:30, EST) via Zoom, for group analysis and listening activities and discussion. Attendance is required; if a student must miss a session, they are required to view the recording.
- In addition to live sessions, students will be given take-home assignments amounting to about 6-8 hours per week. Some of these assignments will involve discussion and interaction on our Canvas website.
- The course will culminate with a capstone analysis project, completed and presented during the last week of class.
- This course is open to high school students AND newly graduated seniors who have successfully completed AP Music Theory. Students will be expected to come into the course with an understanding of harmonic progression, cadences, and basic phrase forms.
- No application required; to register and pay for the course, students may simply proceed to the AP Homeschoolers online store.
- Course materials will be provided by the instructor.
- Students will need the following tech equipment: headphones, microphone, webcam, high-speed internet, and ability to print musical scores.
- Any questions? No problem! Email the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Hannah Jackson holds a degree in music theory from Temple University, where she also studied viola performance. She has taught AP Music Theory with Pennsylvania Homeschoolers for the past three years.
When not teaching, grading, and/or listening to Beethoven sonatas, Hannah Jackson enjoys hiking the trails along the Susquehanna River, agility-training with the family dog, and playing board games.
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