Teaching AP Music Theory

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Teaching AP Music Theory
July 13–16, 2020 

(please note that this course runs Monday through Thursday)


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. 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.

During the APSI, we’ll explore the course framework, the exam, and the new 2019–2020 AP resources that will help you plan and focus instruction—and give you feedback throughout the year on the areas where individual students need additional focus. You’ll also learn about completing the digital activation process at the start of the school year that will give you immediate access to the new resources and will help ensure that your students can register for AP Exams by the new fall deadlines. Specifically emphasized are AP Classroom resources such as unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community, and the AP question bank.

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, The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills: Sight Singing, and The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals.

FacultyJoel Phillips

$825 non-credit/$1415 with 2 graduate credits

Westminster Office of Continuing Education
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