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Ch 5: AP Music Theory: Aural Skills

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Improve your aural skills knowledge with this music theory study resource. These short and engaging lessons equip you with the knowledge needed to answer aural skill questions on the AP Music Theory test.

AP Music Theory: Aural Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter on aural skills helps you prepare for the AP Music Theory exam by covering topics such as harmonic theory, sight-singing, tonality and more. The chapter's content helps you answer these types of aural skill questions on the exam:

  • Understanding the theory behind musical harmony
  • Defining pitch in music
  • Detecting rhythm and pitch errors in musical scores
  • Knowing the purpose of sight-singing
  • Analyzing syllabic music
  • Recognizing tonality in music in terms of major and minor keys

Using straightforward and engaging instruction, our expert music teachers show you the most relevant aural skill definitions and their applications. This way, you can be sure you're efficiently learning material that likely will be on the AP exam. To make sure you understand the material, you can take our self-assessment quizzes following each lesson. Lesson transcripts are also available to print for further studying.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP Music Theory: Aural Skills
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What Is Harmony in Music? - Definition & Theory

1. What Is Harmony in Music? - Definition & Theory

One of the structural pillars of music, harmony is as simple as it is strange. This lesson will explore the theory behind harmony, how it is constructed, and how to interpret it.

What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept

2. What Is Pitch in Music? - Definition & Concept

This lesson will explore the concept of musical pitch, which is generally thought of as the 'highness' or 'lowness' of a sound. Together with amplitude, duration, and tone color, pitch is one of the four basic elements of all musical sounds.

What Is Sight-Singing? - Definition & Purpose

3. What Is Sight-Singing? - Definition & Purpose

Vocalists need to perfect many different skills to achieve the highest level of performance. In this lesson, we're going to talk about sight-singing and see how this can help refine many skills at once.

Syllabic Music: Definition, Analysis & Structure

4. Syllabic Music: Definition, Analysis & Structure

The term syllabic music may be new to you, but chances are that you've been listening to syllabic music your entire life! Learn how to recognize syllabic music and why composers like using it.

Major and Minor Keys: Tonality in Music

5. Major and Minor Keys: Tonality in Music

How does a movie's soundtrack enhance our emotions? Watch this video lesson to learn how musical tonality can express feeling in everything from movies to rock songs to operas.

Melodic Contour: Definition & Examples

6. Melodic Contour: Definition & Examples

This lesson teaches you about melodic contour, which helps musicians understand how melodies rise and fall. Learn about the four types of melodic motion, and analyze the contours of some famous melodies to find out what makes them so special.

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