AP Music Theory

Course Number: 636/637

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual and Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one year of the VAPA requirement.

Course Description:
The ultimate goal of this course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical composition. Students will build up on skills introduced in the previous Music Theory course. Building on this foundation, the second semester includes more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, or other tasks in musical composition. While the goals of the class include passing the AP Music Exam, the primary goal is to enrich the student’s knowledge of and appreciation of music.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Tonal Harmony 7th Edition by Kotska and Payne ISBN-10: 0078025141

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of Music Theory OR
Assessment and approval by instructor to verify skills