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I definitely recommend this class. It was one of my favorites this year. The concepts are usually very straightforward and make a lot of sense. Mr. Burns is a great teacher and was happy to answer any question I had. While some math is involved, it is very basic. If you can multiply, divide, draw graphs, and understand exponents, you should do just fine. 

AP Music Theory

On-Line for the 2018-2019 School Year

Teacher: Hannah Jackson



This class is now FULL for the 2018-2019 school year. 


*AP Scores are in! Congratulations to the students of 2017-2018 for their stellar performance: of the students taking the exam, 83% earned a 5; 100% scored a 3 or higher. Well done!

COURSE DATES: Sept 4 through May 24, with the following breaks: Nov 19-23, Dec 18-Jan 1, and April 15-19. The AP exam will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:00am. 

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 grounding in the core concepts of music theory, including harmony, counterpoint, voice-leading, and musical structure, as well as competency in skills such as sight-singing, interval and chord recognition, and dictation. By the end of the year, students will learn to listen to and examine a musical score analytically, to understand and appreciate the techniques of the composer 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 (more specifically, the music of the Baroque through the early Romantic eras), as this is the music that generated and best exemplifies the theory we will be studying.

The course will prepare students to take the College Board AP Music Theory exam. Students who do well on this exam are in a position to receive college credit, and/or placement in a higher-level music theory class in college (depending on the policy of the individual college/university).



This class is structured around two core components: written theory and aural/musicianship skills. The first is taught and applied through lectures, reading, analysis, and written homework. The second is practiced through singing, dictation, and other ear-training skills.

Coursework for the written theory component will be done independently by the student. This will include: listening to prerecorded online lectures (usually 2 per week), weekly textbook reading assignments, homework assignments (worksheets, listening response and/or composition assignments) submitted electronically each week, and an occasional post on the class discussion board. The aural skills component is taught through weekly “labs,” hour-long live sessions in which I meet with small groups of students for ear-training and singing practice. (Lab schedule TBD once registration is finalized and students’ schedules are known.) Students are also expected to practice these items independently throughout the week.

Testing is a regular part of this class: module quizzes and exams, aural skills assessments, and midterm and final exams. Students will also complete one or two major projects over the course of the year (e.g. a larger analysis or composition project). Students are encouraged (though not required) to take the AP exam in the Spring; we will prepare for this by examining questions from past AP exams and by taking timed practice exams.


Students who wish to learn the content without the pressure and time commitment of enrolling in the class may choose to audit. This allows access to the website, syllabus, lectures, and multiple-choice exams—basically anything posted on the website. The audit option does not include participation in "labs" or any live class sessions, nor does it include any feedback or grades. However, I can recommend materials to students to use for independent aural skills practice.

If a student begins the year taking the class for credit and finds the work too difficult or time-consuming, he or she may switch to the audit option. Conversely, I may ask a student to make the switch if I feel that it would be a better fit, such as in the case of a student falling severely behind.





I hold a degree in music theory, with a concentration in viola performance, from Temple University. This will be my second year teaching AP Music Theory. As an instructor with PA Homeschoolers, I have enjoyed getting to study my favorite subject along with some of the brightest young intellects in the homeschool community, and I look forward to doing it again next year!

As the oldest sibling in a large homeschooling family and as a tutor, I also enjoy stretching my areas of teaching “expertise” to include new subjects: English grammar, Latin, and high school level writing seem to be recurring favorites. Besides music and all things education, I enjoy playing table games with my siblings, getting out in the woods with our dog, and practicing my limited German vocabulary.


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