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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 strophic form, 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:
- Differentiating between contrasting, parallel and double periods in music
- Defining a phrase in music
- Recognizing examples of compositions that use binary and ternary form
- Summarizing several types of classical music forms, including sonata, rondo and symphonic form
- Differentiating between coda and codetta
- Identifying Bach's Fugue
Our expert music instructors designed each lesson to give only 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 quiz that's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. The Fugue: Bach, Definition & Examples
A fugue is a complex style of composition that was developed during the Baroque period. In this lesson, learn how fugues are made, what characteristic qualities make up the style, and how J.S. Bach influenced the style, and listen to examples.
9. 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.
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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: Aural Skills
- 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: Texture
- AP Music Theory: Performance Terms
- AP Music Theory: Voice Leading
- AP Music Theory: Songs & Genres
- AP Music Theory Flashcards