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05114 AP Music Theory

In AP Music Theory, students develop their aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills through a series of listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. The course covers the mastery of the rudiments and terminology of music, with an emphasis on speed and fluency. The course then progresses to more sophisticated and creative tasks, including melodic and harmonic dictation; composition of a bass line for a given melody implying appropriate harmony; realization of a figured bass; realization of a Roman numeral progression; analysis of repertoire, including melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and form; and sight-singing.

This course aligns with the College Board’s learning goals for AP Music Theory.


  • Prior success in band, chorus, orchestra, guitar, or piano (strongly recommended)
  • It is assumed that the student has acquired or is acquiring basic performance skills in voice and on an instrument

Course Texts and Materials


  • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (Book & 2 CDs)
    Publisher: Alfred Music
    ISBN-10: 0-7390-3635-1
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7390-3635-8
  • Barron’s AP Music Theory (2nd Edition, with MP3 CD)
    Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series
    ISBN-13: 978-1438073897
    ISBN-10: 1438073895
  • Access to a piano or keyboard for singing practice
  • An area to practice and record ear-training and singing
  • Access to a computer for submitting ear-training and singing assessments


  • Strongly recommended: Personal accounts with sightreadingfactory.com or artusimusic.com for singing and ear training practice; the instructor will provide information about this when the course begins

Terms Offered

Offered in two half-credit semesters:

  • 05114 AP Music Theory Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
  • 05114 AP Music Theory Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
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