AP Music Theory

Lawrence Bean

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. Lawrence graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and had an eleven year career as a Choral Music Educator in the Kennebunk, Maine school system. He earned his Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine while serving as Technology Coordinator for eleven years at School Union #47 in greater Bath, Maine, then finished his career in public education acting as the Data Administrator for Regional School Unit #1 in Bath, Maine for four years. 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 singing career with The Management barbershop quartet brought two highly acclaimed albums 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 six years on the Harmony University faculty in St Joseph, Missouri, 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 Borsari, Larry now works as an independent consultant, trainer, and coach in various areas of music, leadership, and computer technology through their company “The Nexxt Level”

Suggested student preparation: To prepare for the course, students are encouraged to explore the following websites:
http://www.musictheory.net/
http://www.noteflight.com/
http://thepracticeroom.net/

Start date: September 2, 2014

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

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