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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 and sight-singing in music
- Analyzing syllabic music
- Recognizing tonality in music in terms of major and minor keys
- Explaining melodic contour
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 Music Theory exam. To make sure you understand the material, you can take our self-assessment quizzes following the lessons. Lesson transcripts are also available to print for further studying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the AP Music Theory: Exam Prep course
- AP Music Theory Exam: Question Types
- AP Music Theory: Fundamentals of Music
- AP Music Theory: Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization
- AP Music Theory: Scales, Keys, and Modes
- AP Music Theory: Spacing, Voicing, & Position
- AP Music Theory: Intervals, Triads & Seventh Chords
- AP Music Theory: Melodic Composition
- AP Music Theory: Harmonic Composition
- AP Music Theory: Nonharmonic Tones
- AP Music Theory: Phrases & Forms
- AP Music Theory: Texture
- AP Music Theory: Performance Terms
- AP Music Theory: Voice Leading
- AP Music Theory: Songs & Genres
- AP Music Theory Flashcards