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- Available Lessons: 138
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryIf you're preparing for the AP Music Theory exam, explore the engaging lessons in this entertaining video course to quickly strengthen your knowledge of important music theory concepts. Self-assessment quizzes help you practice answering the types of questions you'll encounter on the AP test.
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This video course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of topics you will encounter on the AP Music Theory exam. Get up to speed with the fundamentals of music, aural skills, voice leading, harmonic composition and much more by exploring our entertaining lessons. Our instructors also help you to grasp melodic composition, texture, performance terms and triads. Multiple-choice quizzes and practice exams make it easy to test your knowledge of all concepts covered in this course.
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This course was last updated in 2019.
Syllabus & Course Information
This syllabus introduces you to all topics you will see on the AP Music Theory exam. Feel confident in your knowledge of nonharmonic tones, texture, performance terms, voice leading, songs, genres, phrases and forms. After exploring this course, you will also be ready to:
- Explain the basics of music notation, like how to read notes, and find out facts about octaves, musical form and the grand staff in music.
- Describe syncopation, duple meter, diminution, augmentation and accents in music.
- Discuss chromatic music, major and minor scales, modality, tetrachords and key signature in music.
- Exhibit knowledge of harmony, pitch, sight-signing, syllabic music and major and minor keys.
- Share the definitions of soprano, alto, tenor, bass and chord position.
- Differentiate between simple and compound intervals, and discuss triads, seventh chords, intervals and chord inversions.
- Showcase an understanding of dissonance in music, transposition, thematic transformation and differences between melody and harmony.
- Discuss chord families, figured-bass notation and realization, cadence and tonic in music, diatonic scale and the rules for writing four-part music.
In this course are 114 lessons that have been divided into 14 chapters. Each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz you can take anytime to assess your knowledge of key concepts. We also offer practice exams you can take to find out how well you grasp each chapter and the entire course.
AP Music Theory Exam Information
The AP Music Theory exam is used to assess high school students' knowledge of the processes of music. Passing scores could be used to earn advanced placement or credit in college.
- Number of Questions: 84 questions
- Question Type: Multiple-choice, free-response
- Time Limit: 2 hours 40 minutes
- Exam Cost: $94
AP Music Theory Exam Breakdown
|AP Exam Concept||Percent of the AP Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Section I||45%||75 questions||90 lessons|
|Section II||55%||9 questions||24 lessons|
AP Music Theory Exam Preparation & Registration
The fun lessons in this entertaining course ensure you are ready and able to succeed on the AP Music Theory exam. Enhance your test preparations by exploring any lessons you desire, and take accompanying quizzes to check your comprehension of key concepts. You'll get reacquainted with topics that include time signature in music, sight-signing, transposition in music and coda vs. codetta. We offer comprehensive practice exams that assess your music theory knowledge and readiness for exam day. Use our Dashboard to trace your steps through this course and send any lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts.
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