Ch 1: AP Music Theory: Fundamentals of Music Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The AP Music Theory: Fundamentals of Music chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the techniques and conventions for understanding and analyzing music in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopics 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

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP Music Theory: Fundamentals of Music Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

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!

How to Read Notes on the Treble Clef Staff

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!

How to Read Notes of the Bass Clef Staff

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!

Sharps and Flats: Reading and Identifying Sharp and Flat Notes in Music

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!

Musical Form: Definitions and Analysis

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.

Musical Form: Phrasing, Binary, and Ternary Forms

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!

Classical Music Forms: Symphonic, Sonata, Theme and Variation & Rondo Forms

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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