AP Music Theory
Students in this class will work toward a deeper understanding of the various building blocks of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, texture and form. Why do pieces based upon Western harmony (including most pop music, classical music, jazz and folk music) work the way that they do? Students will strive to answer this through development of their written skills (analysis, composition, and notation) and musicianship (listening skills, sight-singing and harmonization at the keyboard). This course may involve a technology component. The work in this class is equivalent to that of a first-year college course in music theory and culminates in the AP exam. Students enrolled in this course are encouraged to take the College Board Advanced Placement® Examination. Note: This course may not be offered at every high school. This course cannot be used for fine art credit required for graduation.