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Below is a sample breakdown of the AP Music Theory: Fundamentals of Music chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Elements of sound and timbre||Pitch, dynamic, timbre, articulation, duration; timbre of singers and instrumentalists|
|Tuesday||How to read sheet music||The staff, treble clef, base clef, notes on treble clef, notes on base clef, ledger lines, octave designations, measures, double bar lines, bar lines, note heads, flags, note stems|
|Wednesday||Equivalents, sharps, and flats||Intervallic, frequency, chromoatic, enharmonic; sharp note markers, and flat note markers|
|Thursday||Scales||Types of scales, identifying musical scales, the difference between half steps and whole steps|
|Friday||Musical forms||Defining and analyzing musical forms, phrasing, phrasing, binary and ternary forms; classical music forms: symphonic, sonata, theme and variation, rondo|
1. Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition
How can you tell if you are listening to a violin or a flute? How do composers use timbre to express their ideas and keep the listener interested? Find out in this lesson on timbre!
2. How to Read Notes on the Treble Clef Staff
How do musicians interpret notes on the treble clef staff? What types of instruments play notes that are read in the treble clef staff? Who invented the notation system? Find out in this lesson!
3. How to Read Notes of the Bass Clef Staff
How do musicians interpret notes on the bass clef staff? What types of instruments play notes that are read in the bass clef staff? How is the bass clef staff different from the treble clef staff? Find out in this lesson!
4. Sharps and Flats: Reading and Identifying Sharp and Flat Notes in Music
What do sharp and flat notes look like? How are they different from regular notes? When and where are sharp and flat notes used? Find out in this lesson!
5. Musical Form: Definitions and Analysis
What is musical form and why is it important? How can we determine the form of a song just by listening? In this lesson, learn the different parts that make up a musical form.
6. Musical Form: Phrasing, Binary, and Ternary Forms
Why do composers use form? How do composers use phrases to create tension and release in their music? What is binary form, and how does it compare to ternary form? Find out in this lesson!
7. Classical Music Forms: Symphonic, Sonata, Theme and Variation & Rondo Forms
What exactly is a symphony? Why are some classical songs called sonata or rondo? Discover the answers to these questions as you study the different forms of classical music in this lesson.
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