At the Peabody Prep all students are encouraged to enroll in a theoretical studies class to complement individual instruction. Classes are available for ages 10 through adult, at beginning through advanced levels. New students are interviewed for proper placement. Classes are designed to help the student obtain a comprehensive music education via ear training, sight singing, note reading, keyboard skills and written work. Children under age 10 are strongly encouraged to take a beginning level music class either through the Early Childhood Music Department or audition for the Children’s Chorus Training Choir.

AP Music Theory

AP Music Theory is an introductory college-level music theory course that is offered fully online. Students cultivate their understanding of music theory through analyzing performed and notated music as they explore concepts like pitch, rhythm, form, and musical design. The course is taught by Dr. Jenine Brown, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Peabody Conservatory, a 10-year AP exam grader and question writer. The course features video lessons with Dr. Brown, weekly exercises, and detailed feedback on free response prompts to help students prepare for the AP Music Theory exam. For more information, please visit the Peabody Preparatory registration page.

Additional Information

Individual music theory instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels—from beginners through the most advanced levels of study. Lessons are scheduled at our Downtown and Towson Peabody Preparatory locations on an individual basis and are contingent upon teacher availability.

Theory Faculty

Elijah Wirth

Elijah Wirth is the director of the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra, which he helped establish in 2008. He currently heads the Music Theory department in the Preparatory division as well as the Wind, Brass and Percussion Academy.

Alexa Rinn

Alexa Rinn is a composer, music theory teacher, and piano teacher from Winchester, Mass. Her music has been performed in places such as the Norfolk Festival, the HighScore festival, the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, and in the National Portrait Gallery in London.