Pre-AP Music Theory
Students will study extensive music notation, major/minor scale structure, chord structure and major and minor key signatures. Students will also develop aural skills by sight singing and ear training by method of Solfeggio study (do, re, mi, etc.). Students will learn basic piano (scales, chord structures, melodies, harmonies), as well as some acoustic guitar. Students will read, write, and analyze music to learn about musical form, musical style, and musical history. Students will compose melodies, harmonies, and music for multiple instruments and clefs throughout the year-long course. This class is highly recommended for students considering a major or minor in music, music performance, music education, sound/recording technology, composition, or music theory at the collegiate level.
AP Music Theory
The ultimate goal of AP Music Theory 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 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 such a course. It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.