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AP Music Theory

0914 AP Music Theory 1 year Grades 10, 11, 12 1 credit


This AP Music Theory course is designed 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 these goals may best be approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, the course will progress to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a

musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, or the realization of figured-bass notation. The student's ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to this class. It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. It is recommended for students who are serious about the study of music beyond the basic vocabulary, and those who plan to pursue music after graduation.