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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 that by reviewing parts and terms related to operas, symphonies and string quartets, you should be prepared to answer questions on the test related to:
- Defining and recognizing preludes, interludes and postludes
- Summarizing the history of the symphony and its function in society
- Recognizing terms and key parts of operas
- Naming the instruments in a string quartet
- Understanding classical concerto form
- Identifying art song composers
Our short and engaging lessons can help you review song and genre topics by only 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 exam.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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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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: Phrases & Forms
- AP Music Theory: Texture
- AP Music Theory: Performance Terms
- AP Music Theory: Voice Leading
- AP Music Theory Flashcards