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.
Terry Eder is a retired choral conductor and music teacher with over 40 years of experience at both the college and secondary levels. He currently teaches one AP music theory class at Lovejoy High School and is also the master teacher for the O’Donnell Foundation’s Creating Schools of Excellence in the Arts grant program involving ten high school AP Music Theory programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He is a College Board Consultant and has presented at many AP summer institutes and one and two-day workshops and has served as a question leader in the reading of the AP Music Theory exam for the past eleven summers. He has also developed a one-day workshop on vertical teams in music theory for the College Board, has written an article on strategies for dealing with the sight-singing portion of the AP exam, and has presented an online professional development session entitled, “Sight Singing and Its Influence on Melodic and Harmonic Dictation.” He is past co-chair of the College Board AP Music Theory development committee and served as a member of the Music Writing Team for National Standards in the Arts. Before his retirement from full time teaching, he was named Plano Senior High School Teacher of the Year. He holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas Christian University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma.