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Chris Click, AP Music Theory

Welcome to Mr. Click's Theory Page
Plan for the Week of 11/12/2018
Monday 11/12
Ch. 11 Continue
Tuesday 11/13
Wednesday 11/14
Ch. 11 Assessment
Listening Practice
HOMEWORK: Study/ practice for listening quiz
Friday 11/16
Listening quiz
Ch. 12 Begin
Welcome to AP Music Theory! In this class, we will be learning about the way that Western Classical Music works.  We will examine Western Classical Music by:
*Sight Singing- This means looking a piece of music you have never seen, and within 70 seconds you sing this piece given only the starting note
* Reading- We will learn skills throughout the year that will allow us to analyze pieces of music by looking at scores
*Listening- We will learn to be able to dictate, or write down on staff paper, music that we hear, given only the starting note
This class covers the concepts taught in the first two semesters of college music theory.  Hardly any high school students will have experience in music theory, and these concepts will be a stretch for ALL high school students, from the music novice to the all state musician.  My goal is for you to make a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, and for us to meet this goal you will need to do all the work that I have assigned and make sure you are on time to class.  This class is not "easy", and it will require some hard work from both you and me. I am excited for this year, and I can't wait to see you all succeed this year in music theory.
I will keep this site updated with assignments and notes, so if you have questions this will be where you want to look.
Concepts you are expected to be familiar with at the start of the class:
Bass and Treble Clef 
Major Scales
Whole, half, quarter, and eighth note and rests
4/4, 3/4, 2/4, and 6/8 time signatures

Here are some important links. Check them out!!
Pitch Improver (the sight singing game we use as bellwork)

Shmoop (Endless opportunities to practice AP skills, ACT prep, and anything else you need)
The Central Magnet PTO Page (some of our main supporters in all we do!!)

Recent Posts

Jazz Listening: Three Views of a Secret

Take a few minutes out of your day, sit down and listen to this track start to finish. 

Listening for the week of 1/23

All of the jazz students should be listening to this recording of Lester Leaps In, as well as the arrangement we are playing.  Use the listening rubric to form some opinions!

Jazz listening assignment 1. Listen to THE recording of our tune Alamode, and then answer the questions of the rubric. Be ready to talk about it on Thursday.
Lets get nerdy on some Hard Bop folks.

Jazz Links section is live

The jazz links section of the site is live. In it you will find links to great bands playing our tunes, as well as some school bands playing our exact arrangements. I want you to take the time to listen to these videos, especially the school band examples. We will discuss these during class, and I want you to be able to talk about strengths and weaknesses of each performance.
Going to be fun!