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Pre-AP: Topics for Vertical Teams in Music Theory

Expand your music teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

Participants discover how to reinforce music theory skills and concepts from one grade level to the next, using a Vertical Team approach. Teachers examine how content can drive collaboration and communication among all music educators-music theory teachers, classroom, band, choir, and orchestra teachers.

The workshop also focuses on how team building within a music department can affect a student's overall education. Music analysis and listening are addressed specifically.

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; Music Educators National Conference (MENC) standards; and to AP Music Theory standards and skills.


  • Understand AP Music Theory standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Learn what students need for AP Music Theory
  • Become familiar with student work across grade levels
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in Music Theory


Getting to Know You
Organizing the Vertical Team
Where Are We Headed, and How Do We Get There?
Beginning a Dialogue in a Vertical Team
Listening to Music with Mind and Ear Connected
From Music Reading and Writing to Understanding and Application
Levels of Discovery, Application, and Understanding through Musical Analysis
Putting It All Together (Next Steps and Future Plans)

Workshop author

Terry Eder is a choral conductor and teacher with more than 30 years of experience in secondary and college levels. He is the music theory teacher at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas. Mr. Eder is also the lead teacher for the O'Donnell Foundation's AP Music Theory incentive program, which involves 10 high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as well as high schools in Abilene, Texas. He is a College Board consultant and has presented at several AP Music Theory summer institutes and AP and Pre-AP workshops.

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