Online Resources Recommended by AP Teachers

We surveyed AP Music Theory teachers about what online resources they recommend, and the list below comes directly from their responses. The list also includes teacher descriptions of the resources. This is not a comprehensive list, nor is it an endorsement of any of these resources by the College Board.

  • Self-directed student practice; instructional videos for students
  • For training music theory fundamentals (written and aural skills). Includes instructional videos, self- or teacher-directed assessments, and tools like pop-up piano and blank manuscript generator.

Sight Reading Factory $  

  • Self-directed student practice
  • Customizable sight-reading exercises that give students immediate feedback. Teachers can set parameters for time signature, key signature, and level of pitch and rhythmic difficulty. Free trial version available.


  • Self-directed student practice
  • Tutorials on music theory fundamentals and customizable ear training and written theory exercises. Also includes a glossary of musical terms.

G Major Music Theory: Contextual Listening

  • Self-directed student practice
  • Contextual listening examples and customizable quizzes. Audio examples organized according to theory topic (e.g. cadences, harmonic progressions, and expansions).

Virtual Piano

  • Online simulation/laboratory experiment
  • Online piano students can play via point-and-click, touchscreen, or computer keyboard.

Auralia/Musition $  

  • Self-directed student practice; instructional videos for teachers
  • Highly customizable ear training software with built-in AP Music Theory syllabus.

tonesavvy $  

  • Self-directed student practice
  • Customizable exercises for music theory fundamentals and ear training. Students receive immediate feedback on practice.

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