AP Music Theory


Online for the 2023-2024 School Year

Teacher: Hannah Jackson

Email: hmjackson90@gmail.com

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COURSE DATES: Aug 28-May 21, with the following breaks: Nov 20-24, Dec 19-Jan 1, and a Spring Break (dates TBD).

The 2024 AP Music Theory exam will take place at noon (local time) on Wednesday, May 15.

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This course offers the equivalent of a first-year college course sequence in music theory and aural skills. As such, it provides students with a thorough grounding in core concepts such as harmony, counterpoint, chorale-style voice-leading, and musical structure, and also with "hands-on" training in such musicianship skills as sight-singing, interval and chord recognition, and melodic and harmonic dictation. Students will learn to analyze written and performed 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 is the music that 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:

Students' progress in both areas is regularly reinforced and assessed via quizzes, module exams, aural skills workshops, and midterm/final exams. Students complete a final project (focused on analysis or composition) in the spring. 





I received my degree in music theory from Temple University, where I also studied viola performance. This will be my 7th year teaching AP Music Theory with Pennsylvania Homeschoolers. I'm so grateful 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 background comes my goal for this course: to help families realize their vision for crafting a superior and singular home-education experience. While my students tend to perform very well on the AP exam (last year's average score = 4.43), my chief desire is for them to encounter the marvelously rich tradition of Classical music in a way that far outlasts the exam.

When not teaching, grading, or listening to music, I may be found improvising in the kitchen, hiking the local trails with an audiobook or podcast for company, or attending to the needs of an ever-expanding menagerie of pets.

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