AP Music Theory

Lawrence Bean Dodge

Course description: The AP Music Theory course will present the core skills and knowledge expected to be mastered upon successful completion of the first year of Music Theory in most standard college curriculums. In addition to elements of musical form, structure, and terminology, students will be expected to audiate, phonate, notate, and compose melodies, intervals, scales, and chords in all keys and clefs. Download a copy of the College Board’s course description of AP Music Theory (PDF).

Teacher: Lawrence Bean Dodge. Lawrence Bean Dodge fell out of computer science and into Music Education and Barbershop Harmony in his sophomore year of college. He graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and had a ten year career as a Choral Music Educator in the Kennebunk, Maine school system. His large non-audition groups won silver at the Events America Choral Festival and his select group was featured on Good Morning America and in Yankee Magazine for their annual performances of traditional Christmas carols at the highly acclaimed Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude.

He fell back into Computer Science with the offer of a position as Technology Coordinator at School Union #47 in greater Bath, Maine, where for over a decade he taught teachers how to teach with technology in the classroom. He earned his Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine, then finished his career in public education acting as the Data Administrator for Regional School Unit #1 in Bath, Maine.

Throughout his career he has been highly involved in the Maine Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association of Maine, holding various positions of responsibility and bringing the Maine All-State Auditions into the 21st century with online applications, judging, and results processing. His 16-year career with The Management barbershop quartet brought two albums, a district championship, 3 trips to the international competition stage, barbershopper of the year for the Northeastern District, and the national MENC/SPEBSQSA Music Educator of the Year award.

In his spare time he has been a chorus director and leadership instructor at seminars across the United States and Canada including seven years on the Harmony University faculty, guest director at youth music festivals throughout New England, and had an original 8-part a cappella composition premiered by the University of Maine Singers.

Alongside Debbie Dodge, Larry now works as an independent consultant, trainer, and performance coach in various areas of music and leadership through their company “The Nexxt Level”, and perform as independently contracted musicians for Big Smile Productions.

Larry also provides computer technology support, consulting, and independent database and programming projects through his company Exetec, teaches AP Music Theory online for the State of Maine, teaches AP Computer Programming for the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School of New Hampshire, tutors students in all areas of math, computers, and music, and is a licensed private pilot and assistant pyrotechnician for Atlas Fireworks and R&S Fireworks.

Suggested student preparation: To prepare for the course, students are encouraged to explore the following websites:

Start date: September 1, 2015

End date: one week following the AP Exam for this course.

How to enroll: More information on enrolling students in this course.