The AP Music Theory course seeks to develop the student’s ability to visually and aurally deconstruct, analyze, and synthesize theoretical concepts that underlie musical works from a wide variety of styles and time periods. While the primary focus of the course is on music of the Common Practice period (1650 – 1800), a variety of musical styles will be used as a means to demonstrate how such theoretical concepts connect such styles through a common language. The AP Music Theory course intends to enrich the student’s understanding of fundamental concepts and compositional techniques through an integrated instructional approach including analysis, compositional activities, ear training fundamentals, sight singing, and the taking of melodic and harmonic dictation.
Students must either complete an introductory course in music theory or complete a baseline entry examination to determine their readiness for the course. Students are expected to be proficient in reading music notation in at least one clef, possess a basic understanding of common musical symbols, terms, key signatures, time signatures, and scales, and demonstrate pitch matching and other basic aural skills.