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AP Music Theory

On-Line for the 2019-2020 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 3-May 22, with the following breaks: Nov 25-29, Dec 23-Jan 3, and a Spring Break (TBD).

The AP exam will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 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 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. Students will learn to analyze a recording or musical score, 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 early Romantic eras), as this is the music that generated and best exemplifies the theory concepts covered in this class.

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 skills. 

Coursework for the written theory component includes listening to prerecorded online lectures, weekly textbook reading and homework assignments (worksheets, listening/analysis, and/or composition assignments), and occasional posts on the class discussion board. Aural skills (singing, dictation, and ear-training) are practiced in weekly small-group "lab" sessions (schedule, based on student availability, TBD once registration is finalized). Students also practice these items independently throughout the week.

Students are tested throughout the year via quizzes and module exams, aural skills assessments, and midterm and final exams, and complete a final project (analysis or composition) in the Spring. 


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 other 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.





I hold a degree in music theory, with a concentration in viola performance, from Temple University. This will be my third year teaching AP Music Theory. As an instructor with PA Homeschoolers, I am grateful for the opportunity to study my favorite subject along with the brightest young intellects of the homeschooling community--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 teaching “expertise” to include new subjects--at the moment, I'm working on Latin...! When I'm not teaching or grading, I enjoy hiking the trails along the Susquehanna River valley and playing board games with my siblings.

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