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Advanced Placement Music Theory
Parent-Student Information Handbook
2010-2011 School Year

Mr. Richard Nunley, Jr., Instructor
Mr. Gerald Powell, Music Department Chair
Ms. Elizabeth Kirby, Principal
“We Are Committed To The Development Of Student Excellence Through Arts Education”

analyze them and make specific. Complete all required written music theory assignments and music compositions in the required music Portfolio. Unexcused absences. There are two categories of music exams: 1. you will be allowed to make up the missed exam according to teacher instructions. melodic and harmonic compositions. Listen to a variety of musical compositions in the classroom setting and outside the classroom setting. The learner will develop basic skills in reading and writing music notation. melodic and harmonic dictation. musical styles and sight-singing. Music Theory class. Daily Classroom Activities You are required to: Demonstrate excellent classroom conduct during class sessions. The content of this course will assist the learner in successfully meeting the requirements of the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam. musical composition or musical analysis) Performance Exams (playing required assignments on the piano or vocal sight-singing) Exam dates will be announced one week in advance. Semester Examinations The Semester Final Examination will consist of two parts for General Music students: Part 1-Written assessment (with rubric) Part2-Performance Assessment (with rubric) 2 Kenwood Academy High School Advanced Placement Music Theory Course Outline and Requirements . listening.P. The learner will be required to demonstrate basic performance proficiency on the piano. cuts and in or out-of-school suspensions are examples of invalid reasons. music analysis. Examination Make-Up Policy If you are absent from school or music class for a valid reason. rhythm. Examinations You are required to perform at least one exam or quiz per week in A. Perform musically by playing required exercises on the piano. Demonstrate knowledge of basic and advanced musical skills in the music classroom. Written Exams 2. Performance Exams Written Exams (music theory. form. sight-singing required vocal exercises or playing or singing required rhythmic. required critical judgments about them.Kenwood Academy High School Advanced Placement Music Theory Course Outline and Requirements The Advanced Placement MusicTheory course is designed to introduce the learner to fundamental music skills that are required for successful completion of a first-year college musicianship course. vocal sight-singing and rhythmic. beginning composition. Write appropriate notes concerning various topics in music in the required music portfolio. as directed. music history. music history. Exam criteria and materials will be reviewed prior to any exam. texture. Exams may be scheduled on any day of the week. music theory and aural skills workbooks or otherwise. harmony.

food of any kind or beverages during class is not permitted! Cell phone use in class is not permitted! They should not be visible or activated at any time. Remember. (Refer to “Daily Classroom Activities” on the previous page) 3) Complete all required written and performance assignments.6. classroom assignment.6 points/ “F” = 0-. (cuts) not being prepared with required .6 points/ “D” = . Rules as outlined in the Student Discipline Code Handbook will be strictly enforced. Please review items regarding classroom behavior for your personal knowledge and benefit. School Work Make –Up Policy Students who have been absent with a valid excuse will be allowed to make up a missed assignment.7-3. according to teacher instructions that apply to the specific assignment or project. or written examination. 2) Participate in daily classroom activities.4 points/ “B” = 2. Points will be deducted from your overall grade point average if you fail to observe classroom and school rules during class. consuming candy. Points are earned only when adequate music skills are demonstrated during each graded musical activity or performance.7-1. Examples of invalid excuses are: tardiness. 5) Understand The “Point System” for the AP Music Theory class: Note the point system below: (based on the standard CPS grading scale) “A” =3.5 points/ “C” = 1.6 Points are earned only when you adequately complete an in-class or out-of-class performance. 4) Observe all required music classroom and school rules. good conduct is very important. exams and homework adequately and on time. unexcused absences. and be mentally prepared to learn. It is an indicator of your self-discipline and character. Chewing gum. The grade received at the end of each quarter will be evaluated according to the total number of grade points received based on the standard CPS Grade Scale below: General Music Grading Policy Grade % 40 % 30% 20% 10% Grade Category Portfolio (which should contain all class work and homework assignments) Assessments (written and performance exams) Classroom Participation Special Projects Semester Final Exams A B C D F GRADE SCALE 90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 0-68 1.7-2.How You Earn Your Grade You will earn grades based on participation in the following five-part system: 1) Attend class daily with required classroom materials.

You are required to be in class promptly before the 2nd bell (the “tardy” bell) rings.P. written homework assignments are due the very next day in class. 1-1/2 -inch hardcover binder with left and right pockets. Required Materials The required text books for the A. appropriately worn.P. You must always keep the portfolio grade sheet in your portfolio and maintain it in a neat. 2010. this fee will cover the cost of all other required music theory class materials.classroom materials. The Course Fee and the Class Materials Fee The course fee is $82. group project. staff paper. You will not be allowed to make up these points. . your parent or guardian will be called promptly if you have an unexcused absence from class.E. If you do not have your I.’s You are required to wear your I. or to obtain a replacement I. Music Theory class.P. September 20. Music Theory class. 3 Kenwood Academy High School Advanced Placement Music Theory Course Outline and Requirements Attendance/Tardiness Policy Attendance is very important in the A. specific instructions regarding the assignment will be distributed and discussed. Homework When a homework assignment is given.D. Student I. Students are not allowed in class without an I. Sometimes instrument practice and special projects may require daily homework until an in-class exam or performance is due. Special Projects/Research Papers/Listening Assignments When a special project. When you arrive tardy to class without a valid tardy pass. Music Theory class. music etc.00. The class materials fee is $25. This fee will cover the cost of the required primary texts workbooks and AP Exam.D.D..D. you will be directed to the Security Desk where you will have to obtain a tardy pass. Assignments will be placed on the kenwood academy website. Special projects and research papers will require more time and effort outside of class than regular classroom assignments.. Please listen carefully to instructions regarding your required homework assignments. Sometimes. You are required to be present in class daily in order to maintain an excellent grade. Pen and Pencil Class Fee(s) There are two fees for the A. 10 grade points will be deducted from your grade point average. you will be directed to the Attendance Office to obtain a temporary I. to each class session. research paper or listening assignment is required.(I. well-organized manner.D. Music Theory class are as follows: The Musician’s Guide To Theory and Analysis ( with workbook) Primary Text Master Theory Workbooks (Levels 1-4) Music for Sight-Singing In addition to music texts you are required to bring to class daily the following items: Music Class Portfolio ( this must be a 3-ring..00. listening materials.) The fees are due in school on Monday. you are required to turn it in according to the teacher’s instructions. If you receive an unexcused tardy or unexcused absence from the A. You should make every effort to place a high priority on being in class daily and being on time. Sometimes they may be due at a much later time. In addition. Master Theory workbooks.D.P.

B Performance Descriptors H-J College Readiness Standards (MI&AA-16-19. modulation to closely related keys.A and 25.B 26. Sight-Singing) Voicing chords in multiple parts. leading tone pre-dominant and 6/4 chords interactions of harmony.B Performance Descriptors H-J College Readiness Standards (MI&AA-16-19.A and 25. melodic and rhythmic embellishment. use of chromaticism. melodic and harmonic dictation exercises.24-27) 26-28 29 Instructional Items 25. binary and ternary forms.B 27. teacher-composed 8. tonic and dominant voice leading.B Performance Descriptors H-J College Readiness Standards (MI&AA-16-19.B Performance Descriptors H-J College Readiness Standards (MI&AA-16-19. SD-20-23. Triads and Seventh Chords (Basic Music Theory) Intervals from Tonic Triad.measure phrases and student-composed 8-measure phrases. sonata form movements. MOE-20-23. Intervals. Scale Line Melodies (Sight-Singing) 25. SD-20-23. complete teacher-designed AP –based exams. Sight-Singing) 25. 4 Kenwood Academy High School Advanced Placement Music Theory Course Outline and Requirements Advanced Placement Music Theory General Instructional Syllabus 2010-2011 (Dates are approximate) Dates Week(s) 1st Quarter 9/07/109/24/10 1-3 9/27/1010/08/10 10/11/1010/29/10 4 11/01/1011/05/10 2nd Quarter 11/08/1012/10/10 12/13/1001/14/11 01/18/1101/28/11 3rd Quarter 01/31/1102/25/11 03/01/1103/11/11 03/14/1104/01/11 4th Quarter 04/04/1104/08/11 04/11/1105/13/11 5-8 9 10-14 15-17 Illinois Learning Standards (Fine Arts) Performance Descriptors (H.B 26. diatonic sequences. tonic expansions root progressions. Diatonic Modes.A and 26. phrase expansion. and J) 25.A and 26.B Performance Descriptors H-J College Readiness Standards (MI&AA-16-19) Minor Keys. Major Keys/Simple and Compound Meters (Sight-Singing) Quarter Exam (Music Theory. in-depth aural analysis of literature. color and drama in composition. mediant triads. Compound Meters. Rhythm. MOE 20-23) Basic Notation. Rhythm. variation and rondo forms. and Final Written and Performance Exams 25. complete two recorded sightsinging exams based on the AP exam. two-voice counterpoint.B 26. rhythmic dictation and further use of diatonic intervals Semester Review. chorale harmonization and figured bass.B 27. Musical Symbols. intensifying dominants. Major Keys (Basic Music Theory) Introduction to Sight-Singing.A and 25. MOE-20-23. free-response exercises. music arranging assignments Complete the AP Music Theory Exam as scheduled 05/16/1105/27/11 34-35 05/31/1106/10/11 06/13/11- 36-37 Semester Review and Exam All Illinois Learning Standards listed above 38 End-Of-The-Year Discussions and Closeout . S-C&CER-24-27.B 26. I. SD 20-23. Review and Unit Exam Tonicizing scale degrees.24-27) Chorale harmonization and figured bass. Beat.Parental Notification Parents or guardians will be consulted concerning your attendance. required exams from the Musician’s Guide. secondary dominants and leading tone chords more voice leading rhythmic motives. embellishing tones.24-27) Intervals in action. conduct or academic deficiencies At the 5th week of each quarter or whenever it becomes necessary to do so. Pitch and Pitch Class. voice leading. MOE-20-23.B 27. recorded sight-singing exercises.B 26. notation and scoring Review and Unit Exam (two-voice composition) 18-19 20-23 24-25 30-33 Review and Unit Exam (Basic Music Theory. in two-voice composition.A and 26. sightsinging.A and 25. other than V. Beat.A and 26. SD-20-23.A and 26. S-C&CER-24-27. vocal and instrumental writing.A and 25. S-C&CER-24-27. Scales. sight-singing excerpts from choral literature Review and Unit Exam Popular and art songs construction. Simple Meters.

Nunley’s Teaching Credentials Bachelor of Music Education (B. Roosevelt University K-12 Teaching Certification.E. Your signature(s) will verify that you have both read and understand the requirements of the AP Music Theory Course. Nunley’s Schedule of Classes – 2010-2011 Period Room No.M. return the top portion and retain the lower portion for your records) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mr. Roosevelt University Master of Music Education (M. Signature of Parent or Guardian________________________________________ Signature of Student__________________________________________________ (cut this form at the dotted line. Students must also sign this page and return it promptly to the next class session. State of Illinois . Brief Vita of Mr.06/16/11 5 Kenwood Academy High School Advanced Placement Music Theory Course Outline and Requirements Please Note: The signature of a parent or guardian is required on this page only of this document.). Students who fail to return this document properly signed by the required deadline will have their grade lowered by one letter.M. 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 126 126 126 126 126 126 126 126 126 Time/Schedule 8:00-8:46 8:50-9:36 9:40-9:54 9:58-10:44 10:48-11:44 11:38-12:24 12:28-1:15 1:18-2:04 2:08-2:54 Class Prep Period Beginning Mixed Chorus Concert Choir Prep Period Lunch Period AP Music Theory Prep Period Beginning Mixed Chorus Tutoring/Student Assistance will be conducted according to teacher availability.). 1st 2nd Div.E.

m.3:00 p.m.) or by email at rnunley@cps. Information concerning course requirements are available at the school’s 6 .Parents interested in scheduling a conference are required to call the school office at (773) 535-2550 during school hours (8:00 a.