AP music theory canceled due to lack of time to plan

Advanced Placement music theory, one of Shorewood’s newest class offerings, was canceled because there was not enough time to fully develop and plan the curriculum.

(courtesy Craig Loomis) Students stand for a bow after a performance last year alongside Karen Frink, orchestra director. Frink was to teach AP Music Theory, canceled due to a lack of time.
(courtesy Craig Loomis) Students stand for a bow after a performance last year alongside Karen Frink, orchestra director. Frink was to teach AP Music Theory, canceled due to a lack of time.

When we offer a course we want to offer a high quality product,said Tim Kenney, principal.

I was really disappointed when it was canceled,said Molly McLeod, sophomore.

The course covers many different topics related to music theory including in-depth terminology, musical phrasing and composition, music history, chord structure and cadences.

By the time students finished registering for classes in June, AP music yheory had over 20 students signed up for it. It was to be a semester long class taught by Karen Frink, orchestra director.

The students signed up for the class were notified through an email this summer telling them about the cancellation.

I was interested in taking music theory because I wanted to improve my skills as a musician and to be able to sing better in choir,said Emmie Sipe, sophomore.

McLeod and Sipe are both involved in music at SHS.

McLeod has played piano for 10 years, violin for six, and harp for two.

This year when I went to a music camp I took a music theory class which made me excited for the class this upcoming year,McLeod said. She has pervious music theory experience through orchestra and piano. Sipe, who has been in choir for three years, also has previous experience in music theory through a class she took this summer and is interested in a potential career in music.

I totally understand why the class was canceled,McLeod said.

McLeod and Sipe now both have a free period in their schedule due to the cancellation.

I would absolutely like to take AP music theory in the future if it is offered,Sipe said. McLeod agreed. We have every intention to run the class in 2016-2017 school year, this allows [Frink] a full year to prepare for it,Kenney said.

According to Kenney, one of the positive outcomes of the cancellation could be that freeing up a students schedule allows them to take a different yearlong class.

by Martha Dix

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