This workshop will focus on teaching strategies designed to help students develop an understanding of the materials and processes of music. Special emphasis will be given to creating a curriculum employing techniques and activities similar to those presented in the vertical teams guide for music theory published by the College Board. Significant critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills will be fostered. Discussions will make direct reference to the national AP Music Theory examination. Suggested materials and resources for teaching AP Music Theory will be introduced and teaching techniques will be demonstrated throughout the workshop.
Topics will include the following:
- Visual and aural analysis, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation and composition
- Synthesis of musical knowledge into practical and usable musical understanding, especially with regard to music of the common practice period