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AP Music Theory

Ms. Friedrichs
Course Overview

AP Music Theory is designed for the
music student who has an understanding
of the fundamentals of music and basic
keyboard skills. The student will gain
advanced knowledge of music theory,
increased sight-singing ability, ear
training and composition. The course
will provide a solid foundation in interval
identification, scale structures, rhythmic
patterns, and terminology. This course
will serve to prepare the student for the
Advanced Placement Music Theory exam
and college entrance exams.
AP Music Theory Goals:

To develop the students ability to recognize,
understand, and describe the basic materials and
processes of music that are heard or presented in a
score. The achievement of this goal may be best
promoted by integrated approaches to the students
development of:

Aural skills through listening exercises
Sight-singing skills through performance
exercises
Written skills through written exercises
Compositional skills through creative exercises
Analytical skills through analytical exercises.
The course will first seek to instill mastery of the
rudiments and terminology of music, including
hearing and notating:
Pitches
Intervals
Scales and keys
Chords
Meter
Rhythm

Building on this foundation, the course should
progress to include more sophisticated and creative
tasks, such as:

Melodic and harmonic dictation
Composition of a bass line for a given melody,
implying appropriate harmony
Realization of a figured bass
Realization of a Roman numeral progression
Analysis of repertoire, including melody,
harmony, rhythm, texture, and form
Sight-singing

Fundamentals of Music
Notation
Scales, Tonality, Key

ex. F# Harmonic Minor Scale
ex. Phrygian, Mixolydian, Ionian
Modes
P1 M2 M3 P4 P5 M6 M7 P8
Major
Minor
Augmented
Half-diminished
Fully-diminished
7th and extended chords
Intervals
Chords
The Structural Elements of Music
Cadences and Non harmonic Tones
Melodic Organization
Texture and Textural Reduction
Species Counterpoint
Voice leading in Four-Part Chorale Writing
Harmonic Progression and Harmonic
Rhythm
Modulation
Form

Figured Bass
6 6 6 6 6 6
4 4
Same figured bass
harmonized in four-part
harmony:
Figured bass as it
appears originally:
Roman Numeral Analysis

Crger: Herr, ich habe missgehandelt (Lord, I
have transgressed), mm. 1-9.
i V i6 V i iv V7 i
Summary
AP Music Theory is an
interactive class in which
students can apply their
knowledge to different
styles of music, whether
choral, instrumental, 14
th

century through present
day, classical, popular or
jazz.