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AP Music Theory (from 2024/25)


Grades: 10, 11, and 12

Subject Area/Course Credit: Creative Arts, 1 credit

Prerequisite: Students usually have experience in vocal or instrumental music, in school or privately. Ability to read music (or willing to learn) is necessary for this course. The College Board states that “the student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to the course. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.”

AP Music Theory is composed of the material usually found in a first-year university course in Music Theory and Musicianship. It is a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of why music works ! The course focuses on developing the student’s aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills. Musicianship skills such as dictation, sight-singing and keyboard harmony are also important parts of the course.