AP Music Theory Winter 2019 Semester

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AP Music Theory Winter 2019 Semester

from 750.00

First class Monday January 7, 2019 7:00-9:00pm
at my Encino home:
5646 Babbitt Ave.
Encino, CA 91316

Class Schedule
7:00-9:00pm Monday (theory) and Thursday (musicianship)

1st semester September 17 through December 6 (no class Nov. 5, 19)
2nd semester January 7 through mid-April 23 (no class Jan 14, Feb. 18)

Cost: $1120 per semester, plus textbooks, music paper, pencils

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Encino, CA 91316

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AP Music Theory Assessment Exercises—This class assumes you are able to do the first 6 of these 8 exercises.

Texts

Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Paynepublished by McGraw Hill, Fifth, Sixth, or Seventh Edition(It’s expensive new but there are deals for used books)

Also Highly Recommended:

371 Chorale Harmonizationsby J.S. Bach in the Riemenschneider edition

Schirmer Pronouncing Pocket Manual of Musical Terms

Before the First Class:

Please Review Tonal HarmonyChapters 1-3

Chapter 1 Elements of Pitch

Chapter 2 Elements of Rhythm

Chapter 3 Introduction to Triads and Seventh Chords

WHAT TO BRING TO EACH CLASS

1) PENCIL AND ERASER

2) MUSIC PAPER

3) TEXTBOOK

4) SPECIFIC SCORES AND ASSIGNMENTS

5) GENUINE ENTHUSIASM AND DESIRE TO LEARN ABOUT MUSIC

Some Common Questions:

Why even learn music theory?
AP Music Theory opens the door to the “secrets” of how music is put together. It makes you a deeper musician. You can learn new music faster. You understand musical form and narrative. You learn the basics of composing and analyzing. You begin to hear music in “3D.” It deepens you as a person.

Why do we need to meet twice a week?
Once for musicianship training. Once for music theory training. They are two different types of skills. The AP Test includes both. Musicianship—sight singing, melodic dictation, two-part dictation, chorale dictation; Theory—chords, species counterpoint, voice leading, cadences, sequences, phrase structure, non-harmonic tones, applied dominants, modulation, forms

I designed this class much like my college music theory courses. Those normally meet 4x a week for 2 hrs a day. But though I have taught theory at Harvard, UCLA, and Milken Community High School, I find that LAYO students are some of the fastest learners and in 2x a week can usually score 4 or 5 on the exam

Can I miss classes or only come once a week?

If you don’t plan on taking the AP test, that is absolutely OK. You probably will just come on Mondays for the theory classes. However, be aware that the theory and musicianship do go together—they help each other because essentially you’ll be rewiring your brain to start being able to hear in “3D." 

Is there a grade?

No letter grade, but there are textbooks, homework, and assignments graded + √ - system. We also do quizzes to help prepare for the AP exam.

How do I take the AP Test?

You take the test by registering through your school. Friday May 17 is the test date for the exam.

Do I have to take the AP Test?

It’s up to you. 

What will it cost?

Cost: $1120 per semester, plus textbooks, music paper, pencils
or $750 Monday Theory classes only

Is it fun?

It’s both hard work and fun. The class develops strong friendships that grow from being together and dealing with frustration that gradually changes to joy as you improve your skills beyond what you might have thought possible. We get to listen to and learn great music. We discuss philosophy and psychology as they apply to music. I would say if you are really passionate about music, this is the kind of course that opens the door to its secrets.