AP Music Theory Updates and New Resources for 2019-20
To bring you and your students new classroom resources and supports, we’re making updates to AP Music Theory for the 2019-20 school year.Learn More
AP Music Theory Course Description—Fall 2012
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP program in general.
Audio FilesAudio files containing the recorded sample questions for the AP Music Theory Course Description are also available.
AP Music Theory corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course covering topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music.
Essential Course Resources
AP Music Theory Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
The Teacher's Guide includes instructional strategies and sample syllabi.
AP Music Theory Course PerspectiveThe Course Perspective shares one educator's approach to teaching the course.
College Board Store
Find AP Music Theory publications, released exams, and resources in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and evaluating student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Music Theory.