Dr. Jane Clendinning

College Board endorsed consultant for AP Music Theory

    • This session is offered in Event 1:June 21-24 Tuesday through Friday

Meet your APSI Consultant for AP Music Theory

Jane Piper Clendinning is a Professor of Music Theory at the Florida State University College of Music, where she has taught since 1990. Her research and teaching interests include theory and analysis of late twentieth-century, world, and popular musics, and the pedagogy of music theory. She has studied and performed with the FSU College of Music World Music Program’s Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung (Balinese gamelan), Aconcagua (Andean music), Mas-N-Steel (Caribbean Steel Band), Chinese Zheng ensemble, and African Drumming and Dance ensemble. She was the founding director of the Cawthon Hall Living-Learning Center.

She is the author (with Elizabeth West Marvin) of The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (textbook, workbook, and anthology, W. W. Norton, 4th edition 2021) and (with Joel Phillips and Elizabeth West Marvin) of The Musician’s Guide to Fundamentals (W. W. Norton, 3rd edition 2018). Her service to the Society for Music Theory includes elected terms as Treasurer and Vice-President, as well as membership on many national committees. She has served on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century Music, the Journal of Music Theory PedagogyMusic Theory OnlineCollege Music Symposium, and Computers in Music Research. She was chair of the College Board Music Theory Advanced Placement (AP) Test Development Committee and is a Consultant and Reader for AP Music Theory. She is a founder of the regional society Music Theory Southeast, which she served as President and as Treasurer.

Dr. Clendinning holds the Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University, with prior degrees from North Texas State University and Samford University.


APSI Music Theory Course Description:

This Music Theory AP Summer Institute’s primary focus is on mastery of the AP Music Theory Core Content, with the goal of each participant leaving with current and accurate content knowledge for each of the essential written and aural skills topics taught in AP and university-level music theory courses.  Along with review of content details and ways to teach the course core content, we will examine how the core content is organized according to the 2019 AP Music Theory Course and Exam Description, tested in the AP Exam (including grading rubrics), and how to prepare students for college-level study.

The special feature topics this year include working with the resources in AP Classroom and new online AP Music Theory videos, plus we will have ample time to discuss concerns and share successful strategies in teaching under unusual conditions.

Other special session topics for this workshop include:

  • diversity in the classroom–working with students with various learning styles, varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, differing abilities and disabilities, and uneven preparation for the course;
  • the potentials (and a few pitfalls) of using popular music repertoire in the AP Music Theory classroom;
  • new teaching approaches that are used in college courses such as the “flipped classroom,” JiTT (just in time teaching), and Peer-Led Learning;
  • course administration—syllabus and course schedule preparation; selecting and securing textbooks and other materials; recruiting students for your course; working with other music teachers; gaining support from your school and district’s administration; AP test administration procedures, and other related issues; and
  • interesting activities to engage your class after the AP Exam.