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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.
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 (or does it . . . ?) This lesson will explore the how and why of this musical curiosity.
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.
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.
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.
5. Parallel Intervals: Definition & Types
There are many rules to writing good four-part music, and in this lesson we'll look at a rule to help keep all four lines distinct. Let's check out parallel intervals and see when they are, and are not, appropriate.
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.
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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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: Songs & Genres
- AP Music Theory Flashcards