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Ch 15: AP Music Theory: Songs & Genres

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These music theory lessons go over several genres and types of songs in music. Review topics like concerto form, preludes, and art song composers to prepare yourself for the AP Music Theory exam.

AP Music Theory: Songs & Genres - Chapter Summary

The following music lessons are designed to help you prepare for the AP Music Theory exam by covering topics related to songs and genres. You'll find lessons that review parts and terms related to preludes, interludes and postludes, as well as the history of the symphony. Once you have completed these lessons, you should be prepared for test questions that ask you to:

  • Recognize the terms and key parts of operas
  • Name the instruments and arrangements of a string quartet
  • Outline classical concerto form
  • Identify art song composers
  • Define a song and identify a chorus and bridge in a song
  • Share the features of a verse and a refrain

Our short and engaging lessons can help you review song and genre topics by highlighting the most important definitions and concepts. As you move through the chapter, you'll see how these musical concepts have been applied throughout music. After completing each lesson, you're encouraged to take our interactive self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand the material and will be ready for the AP Music Theory exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: AP Music Theory: Songs & Genres
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What is a Song? - Definition & Examples

1. What is a Song? - Definition & Examples

Do you have a favorite song? People have probably sung 'Happy Birthday' to you, but could you explain what a song is if someone asked? In this lesson, let's explore the meaning of the word 'song' and see some examples of famous songs.

What is a Chorus in a Song? - Definition & Examples

2. What is a Chorus in a Song? - Definition & Examples

Good songs follow certain structures and contain certain parts. One very important part of a song is the chorus. In this lesson, we'll talk about this aspect of song structure and see how it's used.

What is a Verse? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Verse? - Definition & Examples

Do you have a favorite song? Have you ever thought about its lyrics? What part of the song tells the story? In this lesson, learn about song verses and explore some examples.

Refrain in Music: Definition & Examples

4. Refrain in Music: Definition & Examples

When you listen to your favorite song, do you hear a repeated phrase in each verse? Does it stick in your head? In this lesson, explore the definition of a song refrain and look at some examples.

What is the Bridge of a Song? - Definition & Examples

5. What is the Bridge of a Song? - Definition & Examples

Songs tend to follow certain structures, and understanding those structures can be very helpful. In this lesson, we'll talk about the section called the bridge and see what it brings to the completed song.

Prelude: Definition, Music & Songs

6. Prelude: Definition, Music & Songs

Have you ever heard a brief instrumental introduction to a longer piece of music? Did you know such beginnings have a name? In this lesson, we'll define a prelude in music and look at some examples.

Interlude: Definition, Music & Songs

7. Interlude: Definition, Music & Songs

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered why it has sections with instruments but no singing? In this lesson, let's look at the definition of an interlude in music and learn from some examples.

Postlude: Definition, Music & Songs

8. Postlude: Definition, Music & Songs

A postlude is a piece of music played at the conclusion of a meeting. It is usually a part of worship services and other important ceremonies. This lesson will discuss the definition of postludes and give examples.

The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

9. The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

During the Classical Period, the genre of symphony was considered the highest form of instrumental music. In this lesson, we'll look at how the symphony developed and the part it played in Classical-era culture.

What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts

10. What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts

Opera incorporates the elements of not only singing but acting, dancing, costuming and more! In this lesson, you will learn all about the key parts of opera and important opera terms.

What Is a String Quartet? - Definition, Instruments & Arrangements

11. What Is a String Quartet? - Definition, Instruments & Arrangements

In this lesson you will learn about the instruments that make up a string quartet. You will also learn about the music a string quartet plays, including original music and arrangements.

Classical Concerto: Definition & Form

12. Classical Concerto: Definition & Form

In this lesson, you will learn about the classical concerto. You will understand what instruments would perform a concerto, the form of the concerto and its movements, and how its development still affects modern concertos today.

Art Song: Definition & Composers

13. Art Song: Definition & Composers

In this lesson, you'll learn about the art song and how it developed in the 19th century. Discover what makes this type of song unique and why so many composers wrote them.

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