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AP Music Theory

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AP resources are designed to support all students and teachers—with daily instruction, practice, and feedback to help cover and connect content and skills—in any learning environment.

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Whether you’re teaching in person or online, these free, flexible online resources can keep your class on pace throughout the year.

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AP Daily videos are short, searchable instructional segments you can:

  • assign to students before or after class to maximize time for discussion.
  • assign alongside topic questions to address misunderstandings.
  • encourage students to take advantage of on their own, on mobile devices or computers.
  • track to see which students are watching each video in each class. 

Topic questions are formative questions to check student understanding as you teach. Assign topic questions to reveal student misunderstandings and target your lessons.

Progress checks help you gauge student knowledge and skills for each unit through:

  • multiple-choice questions with rationales explaining correct and incorrect answers, and
  • free-response questions with scoring guides to help you evaluate student work.

My Reports highlights progress for every student and class across AP units.

The question bank is a searchable database of real AP questions. You can:

  • find topic questions and practice exam questions, indexed by content and skills.
  • search for any question, passage, or stimulus by text or keyword.
  • create custom quizzes that can be assigned online or on paper.

Learn how to get started in AP Classroom.

AP Daily

Sign in to AP Classroom to access AP Daily. 

  • Made for any learning environment, AP teachers can assign these short videos on every topic and skill as homework alongside topic questions, warm-ups, lectures, reviews, and more.
  • AP students can also access videos on their own for additional support.
  • Videos are available in AP Classroom, on your Course Resources page. 


AP Daily Instructors

Expert AP teachers across the country can support your course virtually:

  • Lead teacher: Terry Eder, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, Texas
  • Akira Sato, Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas
  • Charles (Whit) Blount, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Hannah Jackson, Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online Classes, Kittanning, Pa.
  • Frank Doyle, Northport High School, Northport, N.Y.
  • Casey Buck, Conway High School, Conway, Ark.
  • Brandon Pedigo, Plano East Senior High School, Plano, Texas
  • Kary Haddad, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York, N.Y.

Higher Education Faculty Lecturers

Supplement your instruction with 30-minute videos on each unit hosted by college or university professors. Guest lecturers include:

  • Inessa Bazayev, Louisiana State University
  • Jenine Brown, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jane Clendinning, Florida State University
  • Patrick Conlon, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Melissa Hoag, Oakland University
  • Teresa Reed, University of Louisville
  • Ron Rodman, Carleton College
  • Nico Schüler, Texas State University

The Faculty Lectures are available on the AP Classroom Course Resources page, under Overview, as well as YouTube.

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.