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AP resources are designed to support all students and teachers by connecting course content and skills through a wide variety of instructional materials.

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AP Classroom is a free and flexible online platform that provides instructional resources for each AP course to support student learning of all course content and skills. AP Classroom resources, including AP Daily videos, help your students learn and practice all year. 

Higher Education Faculty Lectures

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Additional Resources for AP Music Theory


Curriculum Module

Special Focus Materials

From Your AP Colleagues


AP Music Theory Course Perspective

The Course Perspective shares one educator’s approach to teaching the course.


Starting an AP Music Theory Course at Your School

Practical considerations for teachers who want to introduce the course at their school.


Keyboard Harmony as an AP Music Theory Tool

An argument that all concepts, especially the fundamentals, can be learned most effectively when the keyboard is involved.


Reinforcing Written Theory with Aural Skills

Strategies for teaching written and aural skills in tandem, resulting in enhanced understanding of sound.


Sight-Singing: Your Key to Success in Melodic Dictation

Suggestions for combining sight-singing practice with melodic dictation.


Teaching Score Analysis in AP Music Theory

Ways to introduce analytical activities into every class session.


Infusing Part-Writing with Musical Judgment: Moving from Rules to Guiding Principles

Help students understand chord-doubling rules—and when to break those rules.

Related Articles


AP Music Theory Concepts and Skills to Be Mastered

A list of the terminology, notational, compositional, aural, and score analysis skills students must master.


Popular Music in the AP Music Theory Classroom

How and why to use popular music in your AP Music Theory course.

Web Resources


Online Resources Recommended by AP Teachers

A list of online resources recommended by your fellow AP Music Theory teachers.