AP Music Theory is an advanced course for students who will be majoring in music at the university level. The goal of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials of music. The study is by the development of the student’s aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills through the use of music literature. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory.

Prerequisites:  1) Instructor approval 2) current active participation in a music ensemble or private lessons 3) music reading ability 4) basic instrumental or vocal performance skills.

Syllabus and Grading Policy

Lessons:

Accompaniment Styles

Cadences

Chord Progressions

Chord Types and Tendencies

Circle of 5ths

Compound Meter

Enharmonics

Figured Bass

FORM

Lead Sheet Notation

Four Part Chorale Writing

Key Signatures

The Harmonic Series

Intervals

Meter Notes

Modes and Alternative Scales

Motion

Notation

Parallel Minor Key Signatures and Scales

Periods

Phrases

Physics of Sound

Pivot Chords for Modulation Dr. Watson

Relative Minor Key Signatures and Scales

Secondary Dominants Video

Scientific Pitch Notation (SPN)

Seventh Chords

Simple Meter

Timbre and Complex Waves

Triads

Texture

Transposing Instruments





Classroom Resources:


AP Exam Resources:

Online Resources:

Vocabulary:

Sight Reading Practice:

Error Detection Practice:

From: James Woodward Aural Skills Guru YouTube

Meter Practice:

Dictation Practice:

Ear Training:

Audio Examples:

Form:

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