APSI: AP Music Theory for New and Experienced Teachers, Week 2

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.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

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.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42795 Terry Eder On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Instructor: Terry Eder

Lead Consultant

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.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 24, 2018

End Date: July 27, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

Topics will include the following:

  • Visual and aural analysis, sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation and composition
  • Synthesis of musical knowledge into practical and usable musical understanding, especially with regard to music of the common practice period


  • Overview of the AP Music Theory Exam
  • Creating Lessons using a Structured Approach to Listening and a Visual Approach
  • Aural Skills:  Solfège Warm-Up and Foundations
  • Teaching Music Fundamentals:  Scales, Keys, and Key Signatures


  • Understanding Intervals, Triads and Seventh Chords, Rhythm and Meter
  • Music Exploration:  Discovery, Application and Understanding


  • Identifying and Teaching Common Patterns in Sight-Singing and Melodic Dictation
  • Introduction to Part-Writing
  • Understanding Secondary Function


  • Strategies for Dealing with the Free Response Questions
  • Tips for Taking the AP Music Theory Exam


  • Laptop
  • Music manuscript paper
  • Pencils with erasers