AP® Music Theory Offered Online by Eastman

June 18, 2020

For Course Information: community@esm.rochester.edu , (585) 274-1400

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decorative imageEastman Community Music School (ECMS) will now offer an online AP® Music Theory course. Specifically designed for high school students, the 34-week, College Board- approved AP® Music Theory course provides students with a college level written and aural skills experience designed to prepare them for the AP® Music Theory examination. This year-long course focuses on music literacy, analytical training, and aural development through written and aural skills components, and will be offered completely online.

Weekly Zoom office sessions will allow for frequent student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction. Online music theory worksheets, aural skills exercises, multimedia quizzes, and lecture videos will provide students with formative feedback and assessment. Students will receive thorough exam preparation and test-taking tips throughout the course.

The asynchronous environment will allow students to access materials at any time, providing for deeper continued interaction with the course content delivered by a combination of reading assignments, engaging, and multi-feed instructional videos. The course cost will include access to the eBook and digital resources from The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Clendinning/Marvin). Digitally rich resources such as quizzes and interactive worksheets will provide students with comprehensive practice throughout the course. Students will receive personalized audio and video feedback. The instructor will also demonstrate performance concepts.

For students at the Eastman Community Music School, this rigorous course will earn credit for Fundamental Musicianship: Theory & Aural Skills 1 and Fundamental Musicianship: Aural Skills 2, fulfilling equivalent of one year music theory requirement of the ECMS Diploma.  The ECMS Diploma is a comprehensive program that exposes high school students to every aspect of musical study and provides a path to personal musical enrichment, as well as a jump start on the collegiate music experience. Additionally, students are able to request a transcript from the Eastman School of Music registrar’s office to submit along with their high school transcripts on college applications.

Restricted to high-school students, AP® Music Theory provides a college-level written theory and aural skills experience designed to prepare for the AP® Music Theory examination. For a full course description, including costs, materials, schedule and more, please visit: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/ap-music-theory/

AP® is a trademark owned by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this product.


About Eastman Community Music School:

The Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) provides opportunities for community members to learn, discuss, and celebrate music. As one of Eastman’s primary connections to the greater Rochester community since 1921, the school offers music lessons, ensembles, classes, and workshops to student of all ages and backgrounds. ECMS serves an average of 1,600 students per year ranging in age from 4 months to over 90 years old. From pre-school and early childhood programs, to college prep and diploma programs, to adult ensembles and classes, ECMS nurtures and inspires students at all levels.

About Eastman School of Music: 

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.