Music Theory

This workshop will focus on the course organization and teaching of AP Music Theory. As we study the course content we will focus on three major pedagogy topics: written music theory, aural skills development and sight singing. In the written skills area, we will focus on fundamentals of music, harmony, score analysis, 4-part voice leading, harmonizing a melody, and figured bass. Attention to aural skills will focus on rhythmic patterns, intervals, chords, melodic and harmonic dictation, listening within the context of musical repertoire, and techniques of developing functional hearing. Participants will examine textbooks, musical scores, Web resources, print resources, and technology. Participants who complete this workshop will have developed a course syllabus and will be prepared to teach AP Music Theory.



  1. Introduction, General Discussion of music theory;
    Overview of Advanced Placement Music Theory, Melodic Dictation (FR 1,2)
  2. Exam Study: Section IA (aural) – Skills Identification;
    Exam Study: Section IB (non-aural) – Skills Identification; Music Theory Fundamentals: Scope and Sequence;


  1. Aural Question Set due; Harmonic Dictation (FR 3)
    Materials & Texts
  2. Harmonic Dictation – hard (FR4); Development of Aural Skills;
    Syllabus Audit and Syllabus requirements


  1. FR3, FR4 Sample compositions due; Realization of Figured Bass (FR5)
    Counterpoint (16th c.) Species 1, 2; Modes; Keyboard skills
  2. Voice Leading (FR6)
    Composition Question (FR7) – Skills Identification


  1. Syllabi Due; FR7 Rubric and Scoring; Development of Sight Singing Skills;
    Software that supports Music Theory Skills; Online resources
    Score Analysis and Formal Structure;
  2. Participant presentation of Sample Lessons*
* Participants will present a sample lesson utilizing aural analysis of recorded stimuli, score analysis, composition and/or analysis of harmony, musical composition, sight singing methodology, or other concept included in the AP Music Theory course.

Instructor: David Lockart

David Lockart, AP Music Theory Consultant, became a reader of AP Music Theory exams in the early ‘90’s and was a member of the Test Development Committee from 1998 – 2002. David is the author of the “Teacher’s Guide for AP Music Theory,” published by the College Board in 2007. David has taught AP workshops and AP Summer Institutes throughout the country since 2001, including at the 2013 Advanced Placement National Conference in Las Vegas. David has contributed frequently on the College Board’s AP Central website. David received his BA from Westminster Choir College where he studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Dennis Shrock, and Warren Martin and was a soloist with the Westminster Choir. There, he performed under the musical direction Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, James Levine, and Erich Leinsdorf. He received his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Harold Decker and was a soloist with the Graduate Chorale. David served as the Supervisor of Music for the North Hunterdon Voorhees High School District, New Jersey, for 31 years where he taught AP Music Theory, conducted two auditioned choirs, led many concert tours throughout the Eastern US, Canada, and Europe, and was musical director of over 35 musical productions. While in NJ, he was the principal conductor and artistic director of the Hunterdon Choral Union, a 100-voice community choir, as well as a conductor of the NJ High School Region Honor Choir. David is a member of Qvinctus, a professional male vocal quintet. He has been a soloist for the University of Delaware’s Schola Cantorum, Delaware’s CoroAllegro, and Delaware Choral Arts Chorale. David is President of the Delaware Chapter of ACDA and has served on the Conference Committees of four Eastern Division and two National ACDA Conferences. David serves as an adjunct with the University of Delaware as a Student Teaching Supervisor, as well as a choral adjudicator for Festivals of Music/Music In The Parks. David’s choral music has been performed throughout the US and Europe, and is published by Colla Voce and Cantate Music Press.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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