Teaching AP Music Theory

Date: July 21 - July 25, 2014
Faculty: Joel Phillips
Fees:  $745 non-credit/$1245 with 2 graduate credits

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The Advanced Placement Course in Music Theory permits young musicians to take college-level work while in high school. Students who perform well on the examination may earn credit and advanced standing in college programs, which is advantageous both academically and financially.

Westminster’s course is open to people who have never taught the AP music theory before as well as to experienced teachers who would like new ideas and insights. Past participants are welcome to take the course again. The course emphasizes music theory skills and teaching strategies. It also distills the examination’s content and scoring and provides many insights into how teachers may better prepare students for the examination. Besides improving their teaching, participants frequently comment that the course helps give them greater confidence in teaching music theory.

The course is presented by Westminster faculty member Joel Phillips, who was the Chief Faculty Consultant for the AP Examination in Music Theory. In addition to sitting with the committee of examiners that creates these tests, he was responsible for setting the scores, reviewing the applications of those who wish to be readers for the examination and managing the scoring of the examination each summer. Dr. Phillips is co-author of three music theory textbooks published by W. W. Norton—The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills: Ear Training and Composition, The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills: Sight Singing, Rhythm Reading, Improvisation, and Keyboard Skills, and The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals.

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