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Miller, instructor Welcome to AP Music Theory at Antioch High School! The goal of this course is to improve musicianship through a workable knowledge of Music Theory. The concepts covered are very similar to a freshman music theory class at the university level with a large emphasis on ear training. There are a number of texts and other resources that we will use in the class. They have been procured through a number of means that have aged me beyond my years. Some will be assigned to you from the school; others will stay in the classroom. Please treat all of these precious resources as if they are your own. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Each student will need to buy their own personal copy of MacGamut for Mac and Windows by Ann Blombach. When you receive your copy please go to www.macgamut.com for further instructions and software updates. MacGamut is an excellent ear training program and you should use it in the practice mode as much as possible. Please see the weekly syllabus below for dates that I will need for everyone to email their start file to me as an attachment to see if you have mastered a particular level which has been previously assigned. Some of you may want to work ahead. This is perfectly acceptable and encouraged. Please see my late assignment policy below for completion of assignments after the due date. Sight-singing is the key to ear training. So much so, that every student will be required to sight-sing one minor and one major selection on tape for the AP exam. Because of this, we will sight-sing almost every day. We will also have periodic singing exams. We will begin with assigned singing exams to get comfortable with the process and then we will move on to sight-singing exams. Remember, everyone will make mistakes in the classit is the only way we can learn. You will not be graded on the quality of your voiceonly your ability to reproduce pitches. There will be periodic assignments from the Theory and Analysis workbook and the aural skills book. Everyone will be responsible for purchasing their own T&A workbook as many assignments will come directly from it. Your aural skills book will be assigned to you with CD. Please be careful with the CDs as there will be periodic listening assignments that you will have to use them.
all of these items will be divided into 50% written Theory and 50% Aural Theory.. Mr. Assignments after that will be penalized 20 points each day until they have been received. Please get assignments to me on their due date by 2:00 PM. Miller’s contact info: Email: email@example.com Home: 615-300-2637 Good Luck! . drinking or gum is allowed in the room. 3. Each assignment or concept is a building block for the next one. Treat each other and me with respect.net School: 615-641-5400 ext. 4. AP Music Theory is a course much like an advanced mathematics course.CLASSROOM POLICIES: All school rules apply in the AP Music Theory classroom. To make sure that we all move together as a class. No eating. Other particular rules are: 1. 2. if you miss one key concept it could lead to missing many more in the future. I need to receive your work on time. Sometimes hours can vary for me according to the Antioch High School band calendar. 2. AP Music Theory at Antioch can be an enjoyable class! Stay focused and on-track with assignments and it might even be fun! I am available before and after school by appointment if you ever need extra help. Please see a general weekly working calendar for the academic school year below. Because of this. Your average of both of these scores will be your grade. Grading policies: Your grade will be a combination of: 1. Any in-class quizzes or tests T&A workbook assignments MacGamut ear-training assignments Aural skills book assignments Singing exams Each nine-weeks. 5.
The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Anthology. The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Recordings. The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills. Clendinning.Y. 6th. New York. New York. Ottoman. Jane Piper. New York. 2005. Jane Piper. Week One: This week will be a study of the basic principles of Music Notation.: W. The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis Workbook. and Elizabeth West Marvin. sight-singing exams or written T&A quizzes as they occur.: W. Clendinning. 2005.Primary Texts and Materials Used in AP Music Theory Clendinning.: Prentice Hall. Jane Piper.1 – Pitch . New York. Phillips.W. N. and Elizabeth West Marvin.W. N. 2004. Upper Saddle River. Clendinning. Additional materials may be added if extra practice is needed in any chapter.Y. 1 – Pitch and Class AS: Ch. I also include any aural skills mastery.e. Norton and Company. 2005. N. Joel.half steps . and Elizabeth West Marvin.W. Jane Piper. Jane Piper Clendinning.singing scales MacGamut Intervals Level 1 SS: Ch. and Elizabeth West Marvin.: W.Y. AP Music Theory Syllabus Timeline This timeline will consist of information covered from the three main texts. Norton and Company.W. Week Two: T&A: Ch. N. The Musican's Guide to Theory and Analysis. New York. Norton and Company. Music for Sight Singing.Y. 2005.: W. the beats and its division Singing Test 1 This week will also be a continuation of the study of music notation. i.J. Aural Skills (AS) second.W.: W. They are presented with the Theory and Analysis (T&A) first. N. N. 2005. 1 – Rhythm: Simple Time (Meter). and Elizabeth West Marvin. and the Sight-Singing (SS) third. Norton and Company.Y.whole steps . how to properly notate music. Norton and Company. Robert W. .
Notating Rhythm . 1 SS: Continue Ch. Pentatonic Scales. 2 – Beat. (Pitch Collections. 3 – Tetra Chords. Major Keys Rhythm: Simple Time Sections 1-2 Sight Singing Test 1 . 4 – Minor Scales and Modes Test over all 12 Major Scales around the Circle of Fifths AS: Ch. 3 – Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad. 2 – Rhythmic Elements . Major Scales as Melody. and Rhythm (Simple Meter) AS: MacGamut Intervals Level 2 Class Interval Game SS: Ch.Week Three: T&A: Continue Ch. Scales. Sections 1-2 Week Five: T&A: Ch.Beat. 2 – Melody: Scale-line Melodies. Penta Chords.Simple Meter Rhythms . Meter and Rhythm (Simple) MacGamut Intervals Level 3 SS: Ch. 1 AS: Continue Ch. Sections 3-4 Singing Test 2 Week Six: T&A: Ch. 3 – Major Scales Test on the first 6 Major Scales of the Circle of Fifths AS: Ch. Scales and Major Keys) MacGamut Intervals Level 4 SS: Ch. 1 Week Four: T&A: Ch. Meter. 2 – Melody: Scale line Melodies.
and Modes AS: Continuation of Ch. Minor Scales as Melody (Minor Keys and Diatonic Modes) Mac Gamut Melodic Dictation 1 SS: Ch. Major Keys. 7 – Triads and Seventh ChordsIntroduction to Roman numeral Analysis Realization of Roman Numeral Progression AS: Class exercises SS: Ch. 3 Week Nine: T&A: Ch.Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad. Hearing Compound Meter Beat Patterns (Beat. Minors. and Whole Tone Scales AS: MacGamut Melodic Dictation 2 SS: Ch.Week Seven: T&A: Ch. Major Keys Rhythm: Simple Time Sections 3-6 Week Eight: T&A: Continuation of Ch.5 Scale Test – Majors. Diatonic Scales. Meter. 5 – Compound Meter. 6 – Melody: Intervals from the Dominant Triad (Maj/Min Keys) Rhythm: Simple and Compound Time . 3 – Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad. and Rhythm (Compound Meter) Quiz over Minor Scales (all three forms) Written Exam 1 AS: Ch. Meter. 5 – Melody: Minor Keys. 4 SS: Continuation of Ch. 8 – Two-Voice Composition Written Exam 2 AS: Ch. 6 – Pitch Intervals Quiz – Modes.Melodic Dictation 3 SS: Ch. Beat division in 3 parts Week Ten: T&A: Ch. 4. Rhythm: Compound Time. 5 – Beat. Intervals from the Tonic Triad Rhythm: Simple and Compound Time Sight Singing Test 2 Week Eleven: T&A: Ch. and Rhythm: Compound) MacGamut. 4 – Sound is Minor. Minor Scales. Pentatonic.
the compound beat in 6 parts Week Sixteen: T&A: Ch. the simple beat in 4 parts. 8 – Melody: Further Use of Diatonic Intervals Rhythm: Simple and Compound Time Week Fourteen: T&A: Ch.Practice Mode SS: Ch.Augmented Triads .Minor Triads . 10 – Rhythm: The subdivision of the beat. Inversion of Intervals (Pitch Intervals) Review SS: Ch. 9 – Melodic and Rhythmic Embellishment in Two Voice Composition AS: Ch. 7 – Triads and Four Note Chords .Diminished Triads . 10 – Notation and Scoring AS: MacGamut. Other Diatonic Intervals of the Seventh Sight Singing Test 4 Week Fifteen: T&A: Ch. 6 – Major. 13 – Embellishing Tones AS: Continue Ch.Major Triads . 7 SS: Ch. and Perfect Intervals.Seventh Chords SS: Ch. 7 – The C Clefs. 9 – Melody: Intervals from the Dominant Seventh Chord. 12 – The Basic Phrase Model: Tonic and Dominant Voice-leading Written Exam 3 AS: Continue Ch.Week Twelve: T&A: Ch. 7 MacGamut – Melodic Dictation Level 4 SS: Ch. Alto and Tenor Sight Singing Test 3 Week Thirteen: T&A: Ch.11 – Melody: Intervals from the Tonic and Dominant Triads Rhythm: Subdivision of Simple and Compound Time . Minor. 11 – Voicing Chords in Multiple Parts AS: Ch.
Week Seventeen: T&A: Ch. 8 MacGamut Chords Level 1 SS: Review Ch. which will be taken from all texts. Chromatic Solfege Syllables and Scale Degree Numbers (Intervals in action: 2 voice composition) SS: Ch. 14 AS: Review Ch. 13 – Chromaticism (I): Chromatic Non-harmonic Tones. Modulations to the Dominant [Section 1] Week Twenty-One: T&A: Ch. Mixing Beat Divisions (Notation and Scoring) SS: Continue Ch. 13 Sight Singing Test 5 . SEMESTER EXAM Week Nineteen: Welcome Back! T&A: Review Ch. 12 – Melody: Further use of Diatonic Intervals Rhythm: Subdivision of Simple and Compound Time Week Eighteen: This week we will be a comprehensive review for the semester exam. (Melodic and Rhythmic Embellishment in Two Voice Composition) SS: Ch. Dominant of the Dominant Harmony. 16 – Further Expansion of the Basic Phrase: Tonic Expressions AS: Ch. Predominant and 6/4 Chords AS: Ch. 14 – Chorale Harmonization and Figured Bass Realization of a Figured Bass AS: Ch. 10 – Performing in Keyboard/SATB styles. 15 – Leading Tone. 9 – Embellishing 7th Chords and Suspensions. Embellishing Triads. 8 – Hearing Contrapuntal Lines. 12 Week Twenty: T&A: Ch.
16 – Rhythm and Melody: Triplet Division of undotted values. SS: Ch. 21 – Tonicizing Scale Degrees other than V AS: Ch. 14 – Chromaticism (II): Modulation to closely related keys. 15 – Rhythm: Syncopation [Sections 5-8] Week Twenty-Six: T&A: Ch. 13 – (Embellishing Tones) Prolongation and Melodic Embellishments.Week Twenty-Two: T&A: Ch. 17. 18 – Diatonic Sequences AS: Continue Ch. Phrase and Melody Written Exam 4 AS: Ch. 20 Phrase Rhythm and Melodic Analysis Written Exam 5 AS: MacGamut Chords Level 3 SS: Ch. 12 – Hearing V-I and V7-I. 15 – Rhythm: Syncopation [Sections 1-4] Sight Singing Test 6 Week Twenty-Five: T&A: Ch. Embellishments with passing and neighbor tones. Creating Phrases at the Keyboard (The Basic Phrase Model: Tonic/Dominant Voice Leading) SS: Ch. 11 – Transposing Instruments (Voicing Chords in Multiple Parts: Instrumentation) SS: Ch. and duplet division of dotted values . 13 – Melody: Chromaticism (I): Chromatic Non-harmonic Tones. additional secondary dominant harmony Week Twenty-Four: T&A: Ch. 11 MacGamut Chords Level 2 SS: Ch. 19 – Secondary Dominants and Leading Tone Chords AS: Ch. Modulations to the Dominant [Sections 2-3] Week Twenty-Three: T&A: Ch.The Interaction of Melody and Harmony: More on Cadence. Dominant of the Dominant Harmony.
24 – Color and Drama in Composition Written Exam 6 AS: Ch. Creating Phrases at the Keyboard MacGamut Chords Level 4 SS: Ch.Week Twenty-Seven: T&A: Ch. 6/4 Chords and other Diatonic Chords MacGamut Harmonic Dictation Level 1 SS: Ch. 17 – Rhythm and Melody: Changing Time Signatures. 14 – Chorale harmonization/Figured Bass). Remote Modulation Week Thirty: T&A: Ch. 16 – Further Expansions of the Basic Phrase: Predominants. 28 – Sonata Form (Movements) AS: Ch. 15 – Expanding the Basic Phrase: Leading Tone. 17 – Interaction of Melody and Harmony: Cadence. 23 – Binary and Ternary Forms AS: Ch. 19 – Melody: Chromaticism (III): Additional uses of Chromatic Tones. Notation in Slow Tempi Week Twenty-Nine: T&A: Ch. Cadential 6/4. 18 – Diatonic Sequences MacGamut Harmonic Dictation Level 2 SS: Ch. and Passing Chords SS: Ch. 21 – Twentieth Century Melody Sight Singing Test 8 . Phrase and Melody SS: Ch. 20 – Melody: The Medieval Modes Week Thirty-One: T&A: Ch. Less Common Time Signatures Sight Singing Test 7 Week Twenty-Eight: T&A: Ch. 27 – Variation in Rondo AS: Ch. the Hemiola. 18 – Rhythm and Melody: Further Subdivision of the Beat. 22 – Modulation to Closely Related Keys AS: Ch.
This will be your final exam for the course. . 29 – Chromaticism AS: Ch.Week Thirty. 20 – Phrase Rhythm and Motivic Analysis MacGamut Harmonic Dictation Level 4 SS: Teacher’s choice. We will also take the released 2003 practice exam. 19 – Intensifying the Dominant: Secondary Dominants and Secondary Leadingtone Chords. new Voice Leading Chords MacGamut Harmonic Dictation Level 3 SS: Duet projects Week Thirty.Three: T&A: Written Exam 7 AS: Ch.Any excerpt from the book Week Thirty. We will begin a comprehensive review for the exam.Four to the end: This will complete the information covered for the AP examination.Two: T&A: Ch.
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