AP Music Theory

Welcome to AP Music Theory

This course will be introducing and developing the student in musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. It may emphasize one aspect of music, such as harmony; more often, however, it integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and, to some extent, history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the theory course, although they may be taught as separate classes. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired thorough performance skills in voice or on an instrument. This course is a self motivated class and will require daily note taking and neat handwriting skills. Students are expected to take the AP Music Theory Exam in May in efforts of earning a score of 3 – 5, which will yield credit towards music theory college courses. 


Grade Breakdown: 

50% major grades: tests, projects, reports 
30% minor grades: quizzes – written or aural, analysis, vocabulary 
20% daily grades: note taking, participation, daily work, dictations and analysis 

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