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AP Music Theory information

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Nicole Moran

on 5 March 2014

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AP Music Theory

Composers Include:
•de Vitry, Phillipe (1291-1361) ~ France
•de Machaut, Guillaume (1300-1377) ~ France
•De Arezzo, Guido (990-1050) ~ France
•von Bingen, Hildegard (1098-1179) ~ Germany
•Susato, Tylman (1510-1570) ~ Germany
The ultimate goal of this AP Music Theory course is to develop each student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard and presented in a score.
Benefits of

AP Music Theory

•Increased musical fluency

•Increased musicianship skills

•Increased self-esteem

•Advantage in collegiate audition process

•Increased musicianship in ensemble participation.




Grading &


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basic understanding of music notation

Ability to sing or play a musical instrument.

1. Theory assignments/homework
2. Chapter readings
3. Testing/quizzes
4. Weekly sight singing assessments
5. Participation/attendance
6. Compositional project
7. Additional assignments/requirements
Theory assignments/homework
written theory homework will be given after each class to help students practice and internalize concepts covered in class. We will grade assignments as a class.
The course focuses on the development of five fundamental skills:
The Musicians Guide to Theory and Analysis: Jane Paper Clendinning and Elizabeth West Martin
Johann Sebastian Bach
(March 21st, 1685- July 28th, 1750)
AP Music
Theory Exam

The AP Music theory exam assesses these skills in the following format:
Sample Test (Section I)
AP music theory is a college level course. Consequently the quality and quantity of the work required will be greater than an average high school class. Students will be expected to do the following:
1. Read and study the chapters in the textbook outside of class

2. Listen to the CD examples from the textbook as part of their homework.

3. Devote a certain amount of time daily toward the pursuit of practicing and completing course work.

4. Access to the internet to complete online assignments.
College Credit:
one or two semesters of Music theory
non-music majors earn general humanities credits
1. Textbook (provided)

2. Three-ringed binder

3. Music manuscript and lined paper

4. Pencil and eraser
Chapter readings
students are expected to read corresponding chapters from the textbook before each class. Assigned chapters will be given in the course syllabus.
1.Quiz: after every chapter.
2.Midterm/finals: will be given twice a school year. These exams will model the format and content of the AP Music Theory Exam.
Weekly sight singing assessments
Each week, students will be required to take a sight singing assessment. This assessment will be based on materials given at the beginning of the week that we have been practicing in class during the prior week.
Participation/ Attendance
Not only are students expected to be on time and present during class sessions, they are also expected to be enthusiastic learners and contribute to class activities and discussions.
Compositional project
After the AP music theory exam, students will be assigned an individual compositional project.
Additional Assignments/ Requirements
Extra assignments may be given for additional practice.
Section I. 75 multiple choice questions (45%).

Section IIA. Seven free-response questions ( 45%).

Section IIB. Sight-singing (10%)

Sample Questions (Section IIA)
Sample Questions (Section IIB)
Can lead to a future in:

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Electrical Engineers
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Medical Scientists
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Students will be graded by the following criteria:
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