The AP Music Theory course is designed for students who are considering collegiate study in music, or students who are looking to enrich their understanding of music. Students will focus on tonal music of the common practice era – typically spanning 1600-1900, with some study falling outside of that range. Course content and rigor will be consistent with first year university level music theory and ear training.
The ultimate goal of the AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s 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 student’s 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.