2 Course OverviewAP 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.
3 AP Music Theory Goals:To develop the 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 exercisesSight-singing skills through performance exercisesWritten skills through written exercisesCompositional skills through creative exercisesAnalytical skills through analytical exercises.
4 Pitches Intervals Scales and keys Chords Meter Rhythm The course will first seek to instill mastery of the rudiments and terminology of music, including hearing and notating:PitchesIntervalsScales and keysChordsMeterRhythm
5 Melodic and harmonic dictation Building on this foundation, the course should progress to include more sophisticated and creative tasks, such as:Melodic and harmonic dictationComposition of a bass line for a given melody, implying appropriate harmonyRealization of a figured bassRealization of a Roman numeral progressionAnalysis of repertoire, including melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and formSight-singing
6 Fundamentals of Music Notation Scales, Tonality, Key Modes ex. F# Harmonic Minor ScaleModesex. Phrygian, Mixolydian, Ionian
7 Intervals Chords Major Minor Augmented Half-diminished P M M P P M M P8ChordsMajorMinorAugmentedHalf-diminishedFully-diminished7th and extended chords
8 The Structural Elements of Music Cadences and Non harmonic TonesMelodic OrganizationTexture and Textural ReductionSpecies CounterpointVoice leading in Four-Part Chorale WritingHarmonic Progression and Harmonic RhythmModulationForm
9 Figured Bass Same figured bass Figured bass as it harmonized in four-part harmony:Figured bass as itappears originally:
10 Roman Numeral Analysis Crüger: “Herr, ich habe missgehandelt” (“Lord, I have transgressed”), mm. 1-9.i V i V i iv V i
11 SummaryAP Music Theory is an interactive class in which students can apply their knowledge to different styles of music, whether choral, instrumental, 14th century through present day, classical, popular or jazz.