• AP/Honors Music Theory

    Course Description: AP Music Theory is highly recommended for students of vocal or instrumental music studies who plan to continue in music at the collegiate level. AP Music Theory is a rigorous course that is intended to provide experienced music students with a curriculum comparable to a first-year college music theory class. The course is designed to develop both written and aural rudimentary skills of music based primarily on, but not limited to Western Art Music. These skills include: notation, analysis, sight-singing, and composition.

    Enduring Understandings:

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively.

    Essential Questions:

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
    • How do elements and principles facilitate the creative process?
    • How do you skill and technique enable the creative process?
    • How do we use critique to inform our art? 

    Course Academic Vocabulary:

    Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Timbre
    Course Units / Topics of Study:

    Pitch and Pitch Class; Beat, Meter and Rhythm; Scales, Triads and Seventh Chords; Keys and Modes; Linking Musical Elements in Time; Cadence, Phrase and Melody; Musical Form and Interpretation, Into the 20th Century, Music theory in historical context, Aural Skills