AP Music Theory

This course integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and some historical aspects of western music. Aural skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony will also be studied. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize and understand the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or read in a score. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. The class is open to all students, grades 10-12, who have experience in performing on any musical instrument (including voice), and who can successfully complete an elementary pre-test in basic theory.

Students are required to complete a summer assignment and purchase the MacGamut ear training software program (not to exceed $50).

AP exam at the end of the year is required.

Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12 Term: 2 sem
Credit: 1 unit (Non-Academic Credit)

Prerequisite: Teacher approval; pre-test

Costs: software purchase (not to exceed $50) & AP test fee (@ $85)

Registration for and participation in the College Board examination for this course is mandatory.

See Course Description from College Board
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