Ch 14: AP Music Theory: Voice Leading

About This Chapter

Learn how voice leading works with these helpful music theory lessons. These lessons and quizzes cover compositional concepts that can help you prepare to answer questions on parallel intervals, musical modulation and enharmonics on the AP Music Theory exam.

AP Music Theory: Voice Leading - Chapter Summary

This collection of music theory lessons demonstrate compositional approaches related to voice leading that can help you prepare you for the AP Music Theory exam. The chapter's lessons are designed to help you answer the following voice leading questions on the test about:

  • Identifying enharmonics in music
  • Explaining the concept of musical modulation
  • Recognizing contrapuntal motion
  • Understanding errors in voice leading
  • Defining types of parallel intervals
  • Assessing the role of cross-relation in music
  • Seeing examples of voice exchange

These voice leading concepts are taught by expert music instructors who break down essential definitions and show you how they're applied in musical composition. Concepts are written out in traditional music notation so you can recognize them on the test. Read or watch the engaging lessons, then you can use the self-assessment quizzes to double check your comprehension.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: AP Music Theory: Voice Leading
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Enharmonic in Music: Definition, Equivalents & Notes

1. Enharmonic in Music: Definition, Equivalents & Notes

An enharmonic tone is a musical note that has multiple names. Like a homophone, the enharmonic tone is spelled differently but has the same meaning. This lesson will explore the how and why of this musical curiosity.

Modulation in Music Theory: Examples & Explanation

2. Modulation in Music Theory: Examples & Explanation

You can connect two thoughts with a conjunction, and you can connect two musical thoughts with a modulation. Learn how to move from one key to another using common chord, parallel, chromatic, enharmonic, common tone, and direct modulation.

Contrapuntal Motion: Definition & Types

3. Contrapuntal Motion: Definition & Types

When writing four-part music, it's essential to understand the relationships between each line. In this lesson, we'll look at four kinds of contrapuntal motion to help us do this.

Voice Leading Errors: Definition & Types

4. Voice Leading Errors: Definition & Types

Voice leading can be tricky, and there are some common errors that can easily occur. In this lesson, we are going to examine these errors and see how they can negatively impact a composition.

Parallel Intervals: Definition & Types

5. Parallel Intervals: Definition & Types

There are many rules to writing good four-part music; in this lesson we'll look at a rule that helps keep all four lines distinct. Let's check out parallel intervals and see when they are, and are not, appropriate.

Cross-Relation in Music Theory: Definition & Role

6. Cross-Relation in Music Theory: Definition & Role

Wonder why your composition just doesn't sound right? Maybe it's got an unexpected cross-relation. In this lesson, we'll examine cross-relations and see how they should and should not be used.

Voice Exchange: Definition & Examples

7. Voice Exchange: Definition & Examples

Do you like to sing? Have you ever sung in a choir? If so, you might have experienced voice exchange. In this lesson, learn about a music theory term called voice exchange.

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