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Chris Click, AP Music Theory

Welcome to Mr. Click's Theory Page
Plan for this week:
Monday 2/11
Ch. 19: Other Modulations
Tuesday 2/12
Ch. 19 review
Wednesday 2/13 
Multiple Choice practice
FRQ 5, 6
Ch. 20 intro
Friday 2/15
Singing Quiz
Continue Ch. 20
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!!

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

One of my favorite guys in one of my favorite of his eras

Mingus on his famous Europe tour in 1964. Eric Dolphy was at the top of his game taking some monumental solos on both Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet. Dolphy left this tour a month later, and hung around in Berlin before he headed back to the States to record another solo record. On June 29, Eric Dolphy fell into a coma due to an undiagnosed diabetic condition. He never woke back up. This song was written to say goodbye to Eric as he left the tour, but took on the role of a eulogy for one the times best and most prolific players. So Long Eric.

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.

This weeks listening

Listening for this week

Find the whole album and listen. Now listen again


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!

New site!!

Welcome to the new site. It is a work in progress. Thanks for the patience!!