Ch 11: AP Music Theory: Phrases & Forms

About This Chapter

This chapter covers concepts related to musical phrases and forms. By studying forms such as rondos and sonatas, you'll become fully prepared to answer these types of questions on the AP Music Theory test.

AP Music Theory: Phrases & Forms - Chapter Summary

If you're preparing for the AP Music Theory exam, you can use this collection of lessons to review common musical forms and phrases, including phrase structure, binary form, through-composed music and more. Equipping yourself with a solid understanding of musical phrases and forms will help you answer questions on the test related to:

  • Understanding the structure of musical phrases
  • Differentiating between contrasting, parallel and double periods in music
  • Defining the strophic form
  • Identifying songs that are through-composed
  • Recognizing examples of compositions that use binary form and ternary form
  • Summarizing several types of classical music forms, including sonata, rondo and symphonic form
  • Differentiating between coda and codetta

Our expert music instructors design each lesson to only give you the information you need to know for the AP exam. You'll not only get definitions of these terms, but you'll also see how they're applied in various musical forms. You can get a sense of how well you understand the material by taking the self-assessment quizzes that are attached to each lesson. If there are any concepts you need to review further, you can watch/read any lesson as many times as needed.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: AP Music Theory: Phrases & Forms
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Phrase in Music: Definition & Structure

1. Phrase in Music: Definition & Structure

Could you read a book that had no punctuation? Could you play music that had no phrases? Learn all about phrases and why they're important, including the meaning of key terms such as cadence, period, antecedent, consequent, and phrase mark.

Main Periods in Music: Contrasting, Double & Parallel

2. Main Periods in Music: Contrasting, Double & Parallel

Sometimes when we talk about periods of music, we're looking at history. But not today. In this lesson, we'll look at periods as a compositional element and see how they help resolve musical tension.

Strophic: Definition, Form & Example

3. Strophic: Definition, Form & Example

Strophic is a common song form found in many popular songs, folk songs, and hymns. This lesson will discuss the strophic form and give examples of its use.

Through-Composed Music: Definition, Form & Songs

4. Through-Composed Music: Definition, Form & Songs

In this lesson, you will learn about what make a piece of music through-composed. You will learn about the form of through-composed music and become familiar with some examples in this style.

Binary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

5. Binary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

In this lesson you will learn about musical form and what defines binary form. You will also learn to identify binary form by looking for repeat signs, tonal modulations, and changes in the melody.

Ternary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

6. Ternary Form in Music: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about musical form and what defines ternary form. You will also learn to identify ternary form by looking for large sections, changes in the music, and returning to music heard at the beginning of the piece.

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.

Coda vs. Codetta: Definition & Functions

8. Coda vs. Codetta: Definition & Functions

Understanding how to end a composition is just as important as knowing how to start it. In this lesson, we'll explore the uses of both the coda and the codetta, and see how they're similar and how they are different.

Chapter Practice Exam
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