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Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior wanting to prepare for the AP Music Theory exam? Join this year-long course to get ready for the big test in May!

Learn the basic building blocks of music by enrolling in the SDYS Music Theory Program!

In this class, students will deepen their music theory knowledge and work on college-level skills. Students will learn harmonic and melodic vocabulary, how to realize figured bass, accompany melodies, analyze performed and notated music, practice musical dictation, and enhance their aural skills including intervals, scales, and chord qualities. Students will be asked to complete a placement exam to be considered for this course, included in the registration. 

This course is specifically for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in preparing for the AP Music Theory Exam. Please expect to make a year-long commitment, as any missed class jeopardizes your ability to do well on the AP exam. Please also make sure to consult your high school counselor or administrator for guidance on the AP exam process. SDYS does not administer the AP Music Theory exam.

Class is open to SDYS Showcase level students and non-SDYS students as well, so feel free to tell your friends!

Elective Details

Instructor: Jessica Swift, SDYS Concert Orchestra & Concert Winds Conductor
Location: SDYS Conference Room at Liberty Station Office and Zoom
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (pending enrollment)
See class calendar here
Eligibility: High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Tuition Cost for SDYS students: $575 (full year)
Tuition Cost for non-SDYS students: $675 (full year)

*Limited tuition assistance available; please contact the Conservatory Team for more information.

Application and Tuition Deadline: October 11, 2021

For any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Conservatory team at 619-233-3232 x 4 or email at

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