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AP Music Theory: Spacing, Voicing & Position - Chapter Summary
The following lessons are designed to strengthen your knowledge of musical spacing, voicing and position so you can effectively prepare for the AP Music Theory exam. Understanding concepts such as vocal ranges and chord inversions can help you answer questions test questions on:
- Identifying the vocal ranges for soprano, alto, tenor and bass
- Defining types of chord positions
- Understanding voicing, doubling and inversions in music theory
Our expert music instructors help you internalize these musical concepts through concise explanations and illustrative examples that show these topics in action. After studying each lesson, you can take the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully grasp the material. To make your study experience flexible and convenient, we've made these lessons accessible at any time that fits your schedule.
1. Soprano: Definition & Range
In this lesson, you'll learn about the soprano voice type. You'll read about a soprano's typical vocal range, as well as how the soprano voice compares to other female voice types.
2. Alto: Definition, Vocal Range & Comparisons
The first step to four-part writing is to know the four parts. In this lesson, we'll get to know the alto and see what this voice contributes to the harmony and stability of the composition.
3. Tenor: Definition & Range
In this lesson, you'll learn about the tenor voice type. You'll learn about the average range of the tenor voice and how its range compares to other voice types. You'll also learn about some of the subcategories of tenor used in operatic literature.
4. Bass: Definition, Vocal Range & Comparisons
Each line in four-part music has its own role. In this lesson, we are going to check out the bass voice and see what impact it has on the texture and structure of a composition.
5. Chord Position: Definition & Types
Chords are an important part of music, but there's more to a chord than just the notes that are used. In this lesson, we'll talk about chord positions and see how these can change the structure of a chord.
6. Voicing, Doubling & Inversion in Music Theory
The chords you use impact your music, but just as important is the voicing of those chords. In this lesson, we'll examine these ideas and see how inversion and doubling can contribute to your composition.
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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: 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: Songs & Genres
- AP Music Theory Flashcards