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AP Music Theory taught by Hannah Jackson

by Students and Parents

Great AP Music Theory Class! posted by Aspen Singh on May 30 2020 at 17:17:14

This is definitely the best music theory course I have ever taken, and it was one of my favorite courses this year. Miss Jackson is an amazing teacher and is very communicative, making sure we always knew the exact requirements for assignments and reminding us of the material that would be on the AP Exam. Miss Jackson was also very on top of the changes made to the exam this year, and she made sure we were ready and able to take the online version of the exam. 

This course definitely prepared me for the AP exam. A lot of the work we did on counterpoint in the fall semester was not on the AP exam, but it was definitely relevant to some of the FRQs that are on the exam. At the start of the year we were divided into small groups of five or six students to meet with Miss Jackson for lab every week. These lab sessions were extremely helpful, and because of the small group size Miss Jackson was able to give one-on-one attention to everyone in the group and answer questions and give feedback on aural skills and singing. The boot camp sessions at the end of the year before the AP exam were also extremely helpful in focusing in on exam material. 

I generally spent about 5-6 hours a week on music theory work, not counting the hour and a half lab sessions once a week. The course load is very manageable, and the TA's and Miss Jackson were always very willing to answer any questions.

The course definitely enhanced my interest in music. It's very fun to see things that you have learned about in the class in the pieces that you are working on. I found the subject matter to be very applicable to the pieces of music I have been working on. 

I think any student who plays an instrument and has a love for music will enjoy this course. If this describes you, take this class! You won't regret it!


AP Music Theory posted by Crash Ackerly on May 29 2020 at 13:14:35

I just wanted to preface this review by saying that this class was one of the best, if not the best, that I've ever taken. The course really prepared me well for the exam and Ms. Jackson is probably the best teacher I've ever had. I generally put around 6-8 hours per week into the course, though it was more during the weeks before the exam (obviously). My favorite assignment was definitely the final project, in which we were able to either write a piece based on something we learned in the class, or analyze a piece. I chose to compose a piece, and found that it really helped solidify my understanding of the concepts upon which it was based. The course also gave me a much greater understanding and interest in piano, something that I was already doing before the class. It helped add context to what I was doing and allowed me to understand the framework that the pieces I played and are playing were set up around. My favorite part of our week-to-week routine was our lab sessions. I had a really good group and we had a lot of fun during class, also aided by the fact that Ms. Jackson is such an awesome teacher! In summary, I really liked this course, Ms. Jackson is great, and I think that everyone who has an interest and music and is willing to work hard will do very well.

AP Music Theory was just right! posted by Nadia Emery on June 14 2019 at 19:25:50

My son took AP Music Theory with Ms. Jackson. As a parent, I felt that the course prepared students well for the exam.  I felt he put in a lot of time in the course, but that is expected from an AP class.  He learned well and enjoyed the class very much.  The course further enhanced his interest in music theory and learning to compose music!  I would strongly recommend this course and Ms. Jackson to any serious AP student.  Ms. Jackson was a great teacher for this course!  He would easily take another year with Ms. Jackson if he could!

AP Music Theory, 2018-2019 posted by Jemmie P.-F. on June 09 2019 at 16:21:49

AP Music Theory with Ms. Jackson was my favorite class this year! I already love music, and it was fascinating to learn about the mechanics behind it. Taking the class has made me a more informed music listener and has improved my ability to interpret pieces for performance. Ms. Jackson not only chose interesting and valuable content to cover this year but also thoroughly prepared the class for the AP Music Theory exam. In addition, she was very knowledgeable in the subject matter, efficient and timely in communication, and generally a lovely person. I cannot recommend this class enough to any musicians looking to pursue careers in music or just become more proficient at their craft.

My Favorite Class This Year posted by Morgan Emery on June 06 2019 at 21:32:59

I really, really enjoyed this class--I think it's my favorite of the ones I took this year! Ms. Jackson is a great teacher who communicates the topics covered clearly. I put 3 to 4 hours of work per day, on average (but some students may need less time than I needed), into the course. I felt that all of the assignments were valuable, as I very much wanted to learn to write music, but I felt these assignments were especially valuable and enjoyable: Rhythm and Meter Notation Worksheet, Listening & Analysis: Modal and Pentatonic Scales in Film Soundtracks, Week 12 Dictation Video Assignment, Week 17 Discussion Board Assignment: Cadence Games, Harmonic Progression Listening Workshop, Week 26 Score Analysis Worksheet, Week 27 Listening Assignment: Fugue and Variation Form, Dictation Workshop Assignment, Practice AP Exam: Aural-Stimulus MCQs, Practice AP Exam: Non-Aural Stimulus MCQs, the FRQ worksheets, and the Final Project. This course definitely enhanced my interest in music theory—among other things, it was very interesting to see the subjects we were learning at work in real music, which made me appreciate how complex music is! I found my communications with other students to be both interesting and valuable. A student with an interest in music and how it works, especially a student who is detail-oriented, would do well in this course. I would definitely recommend this course to other students! I loved it!

Marvelous class and stupendous teacher posted by Ishaan Singh on June 06 2019 at 01:02:34

Absolutely. The homework problems were designed in a way to mimic the FRQ on the AP exam and were oftentimes harder than AP FRQ, which made them seem easier. Also, the lab sessions (every week) and the boot camp sessions(5 in the last two weeks) were extremely helpful in preparation for the aural section of the exam, as Ms. Jackson taught us how to approach the aural section of the exam and gave us many invaluable tips.

I put in about 6-8 hours of work a week for this class.

I found the boot camp sessions to be extremely valuable. Also, the weekly labs were sensational. I never would have been able to succeed in the aural section without these sessions.

Yes, it did.

I did. I made quite a few friends in the class this year from the live sessions. We also set up a G-chat to discuss difficult homework problems. Of course, Ms. Jackson was EXTREMELY quick in responding time, as she would usually respond across any medium (discussion board, email, chat) within 15 minutes.

To succeed in this course, a student needs to be hard-working. Also, it is best that students entering the class brings some previous basic theory knowledge with them, as this makes the class much simpler.

Awesome Class, Amazing Teacher! posted by Ariel Teo on June 03 2019 at 19:50:29

AP Music Theory has been my favorite AP class yet. And I don't think it would have been the same without the lovely Ms. Jackson. My first week of class was stressful because I didn't understand what in the world was going on, but when I emailed Ms. Jackson she helped me understand the assignment and even gave me a "grace" grade. Throughout the semester, I felt comfortable shooting her an email for help and she would respond with feedback within two hours. She is a very understanding teacher and I'm so blessed to have had her to develop my love for music.

My favorite part of this class was the lab, where a group of students met over Zoom with Ms. Jackson. In lab, we did sight-singing, rhthyms, worksheets, and went over assignment questions. The scariest part was singing in front of the group (over Zoom) but it definitely prepared me to sing confidently in the exam. My lab experience was truly amazing, and defintely different than all my other AP classes especially since I got to interact with some of my fellow classmates face-to-face and make new friends.

I would definitely recommend taking this class with Ms. Jackson. She is such an understanding teacher and always gives constructive criticism. She never fails to encourage everyone and she always looks for new ways to help students with specific problems. Through her, I have found a new appreciation for the music I listen to and the music I have yet to listen to (esp classical). The only downside to having this kind of listening skill is that whenever I watch movies now, I hear the solfege to the :P

posted by Elise B. on May 23 2019 at 20:59:16

This course definitely prepared me for the AP exam, especially since we focused on the exam for several weeks leading up to it. I had to take ownership for what was difficult for me throughout the year, but with ownership, I was able to master most of the material we covered. There were definitely some weeks in which Music Theory took up more time because of the concepts being covered that week, but for the most part, I probably averaged about 5 hours per week on work. Ms. Jackson did an especially good job of focusing on aural skills, which is a significant portion of the exam. If someone is interested in AP Music Theory, I would say that this course will adequately prepare them for the exam, and the foundations of Music Theory will be solidly constructed and can be built upon. 

Music Theory AP class posted by Vincent Cart-Sanders on May 18 2019 at 21:43:58

A brilliant class and a wonderful teacher! posted by Elizabeth Marlin on June 16 2018 at 11:40:42

What an extraordinary teacher and an extraordinary class! I have always felt complete joy and utter relief after coming out of an AP exam, but Music Theory was the only exam where I actually felt sadness afterwards. Miss Jackson ignited such a love of music in me I never knew I had. I was absolutely terrified coming into this class - my brother had struck a goodly amount of holy fear into me of sight-singing and dictation, but Miss Jackson encouraged us and led us through those scary things with us barely knowing we were doing them! Although Miss Jackson left the exam prep till the very end of the year, I found that this independence helped me personalize my own review and focus on what I needed to practice. There was not a single aspect of this course I didn't enjoy - Miss Jackson's lectures were clear and entertaining, the homework (though plentiful) reinforced the concepts learned, and the weekly lab sessions offered an invaluable opportunity to meet my fellow classmates and learn from them and alongside them. You will not regret signing up for this class!

Wonderful Class and Teacher! posted by Ava Turner on June 12 2018 at 24:52:05

I am a sophmore with no AP experience, and I was surprised at how fun this class was! I learned so much, and I was able to understand everything. The homework was challenging but doable, and it was a good opportunity for me to learn how to plan my time well. Miss Jackson was an expert teacher, who made the class enjoyable and instructive. She left most of the scheduling for the students to figure out, which I liked because it helped us to become more responsible with our time, and it gave us more flexibility if we had other priorities. She was always ready to answer our questions, and she was careful in her responses to our posts on the discussion board. 

I put about 4 hours per week into the course, but sometimes more on exam weeks. The work was challenging, but I love a challenge! I think I had the most trouble with harmonic dictation exercises, so I think those were particularly valuable for me, especially because they were good practice for the exam. I learned so much about music theory, and the class made me love and appreciate music even more than I already did! I loved how it exposed us to many different styles and time periods of music. I definitely recommend this course to those who play an instrument, and those who are especially interested in the form and structure of music. 

Great Course posted by Josh Hendershot on June 11 2018 at 14:58:59

This was a great class. I entered this class as a sophomore with some AP experience, so I was prepared with what to expect. This class prepared me very well for the AP exam, both with sight-singing and written theory. I had very little singing experience when I started, and now I can sight-sing many melodies with decent pitch accuracy. I did have a strong piano background when I started which gave me a head start with melodic and harmonic dictation. Throughout this course, you'll learn a lot about how music works, and if you're like me and are interested in creating your own music, this is a great place to start.

As far as the workload is concerned, it was a lot more than I expected. The hours I put into this course is easily 10-12 hours a week, sometimes more. If you're taking other AP courses in addition to this one, be prepared for long days and weeks of hard work.

If you are interested in majoring or minoring in music in college, I strongly recommend this course. If you just want to know more about music and how it works, this would still be a great course to take, and you would have to be ready to make the time commitment.

Anyways, at the end of the school year, I'm glad I took this course. Miss Jackson is a very good teacher and she finds a way to help each student with any trouble their having. I now know more about music than I ever thought possible! Literally! There are topics that we learned about that I didn't even know existed! :) This is a great course.

Positive Parent Review posted by Dr. Catharine M. Jackson on June 08 2018 at 19:57:59

I am so thankful that my daughter was able to take the AP Music Theory class with Hannah Jackson.  While the class prepared her very well for the AP exam, it also gave her a much richer understanding of the beautiful inner workings of music theory. 

Amazing Class posted by Rachel O. on June 07 2018 at 15:16:54

I had a great experience in this class. I went into this class as a sophomore with no AP experience (though I do have a good music background), and I didn't really know what to expect. But the class was great! The homework was challenging, but not overwhelming. Ms. Jackson did a great job explaining the concepts in her lectures, and the live aspect of the labs was extremely helpful for AP practice (dictation, sight-singing, interval recognition, etc.). We spent the last few weeks solely preparing for the AP exam, and I felt very prepared for the test. Ms. Jackson is also a great communicator, and she is very clear in her emails and instructions. You can also tell she is very invested in the class and her students and wants everyone to do well. I would definitely suggest this class for other students interested in music theory because I had an excellent time. 

Great Class posted by Aidan on May 31 2018 at 11:45:15

I felt that this class prepared me very well for the exam, with a minimal (at least compared to most horror stories I've heard about AP classes) amount of homework.  Ms. Jackson did a great job teaching, and was excellent at remaining in the middle ground of being flexible and not too flexible.  The lectures were all very helpful, as were the worksheets.  I also enjoyed Office Hours a lot.  Most of the problems I had with the class were with the textbook, so there isn't too much to improve, other than maybe using more of her own worksheets (as she started to do towards the end).  Overall, I truly enjoyed this class, and felt that it enriched my musical knowledge to a great extent.

Great Experience posted by Michelle Chapman on May 26 2018 at 01:30:24

As a freshman, this was my son's first AP class.  Since he is very interested in and focused on music I figured that Music Theory would be a good first AP experience.  I was right!  This was a perfect intro for my son.  Ms. Jackson clearly laid out the expectations and assignments.  She was amazingly accessible and gave thorough feedback on the homework.  The workload was manageable.  My son spent about 8-10 hours per week, including lecture time, music lab, homework, office hours, aural skills, review and study prep.  Ms. Jackson was flexible with her timeline if warranted, but firm if her generosity was taken for granted.  My son enjoyed the class and learned an incredible amount of music theory.  He felt prepared for the AP exam and feels he did well.  More importantly, he practiced study skills and time management that will help him break down college classes or other outside classes.  One thing that I appreciated was Ms. Jackson's availability for office hours.  My son didn't often have specific questions, but he did "attend" sessions when he was available.  For me, this was critical because I wanted him to feel comfortable chatting with a "professor" and discussing the material so that he is more inclined to do so in college.  He enjoyed the casual nature of the office hours and the supportive enivronment and I know that he will remember this when he goes off to college and not be intimidated by office hours.  

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