:: 2013 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin
AP Music Theory
Institute Code AP13003
The AP Music Theory Combined workshop will focus on teaching strategies designed to help students develop an understanding of the materials and processes of music including visual and aural analysis, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation, and composition. 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 and the course will emphasize the synthesis of musical knowledge into practical and usable musical understanding, especially with regard to music of the common practice period. All of these topics will be discussed with 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.
Lead Consultant: Terry Eder
Terry Eder, a choral conductor and music teacher with over 30 years of experience at both the college and secondary levels, will be the instructor of this course. Dr. Eder is currently the music theory teacher at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he teaches beginning and AP Music Theory. He also serves as Lead Teacher for the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Music Theory incentive program involving 13 high school music theory programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He is a College Board consultant and has presented at several AP Music Theory Summer Institutes and two-day workshops. He also participates in the Reading of the AP Music Theory Exam each summer. About 80-85% of the music theory students whom he has taught have received qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Music Theory Examination over the past 11 years. Dr. Eder has also developed a one-day workshop on Vertical Teams in Music Theory for the College Board and has written an article on strategies for dealing with the sight singing portion of the AP exam. He is currently a member of the College Board AP Music Theory Development Committee.
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